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Hands down this will be one of the least exciting posts on social media, but alas, it is our plight. It's the honest truth to state that I have not yet counted up all the windows at Sydonie because I'm scared to know how many we are in charge of caring for, but currently 16 are in this condition. Rather than replace them, we are refinishing them. My biggest regret so far is that I wasn't paying attention when some guys were demoing the ceiling in this laundry building and they broke 3-4 window panes in these windows. They were big panes. They survived from the 1880's until this disaster and all the glass was original. Luckily they still make wavy glass, but I learned lessons that day. The wavy glass shines like diamonds in the light. How cool are the pegs holding the joints together? #oldwindows #sydoniemansion #restorical #windowrestoration #doublehung #laundrybuilding #floridarestoration

Sydonie took a big hit in the freeze a few weeks ago. My staff has been working over time to clean out the dead stuff and plug in some fresh plants. It's easy to spend $1000 a week on plantings. My dream going forward is to get nurseries to each sponsor a bed and keep it maintained. Little plaques could advertise for them and BAM! Win win!! Wish me luck! Why wouldn't people want to advertise and help here??? #sydoniemansionweddings #restorical #bringingtheoldgirlback #sydoniemansion #garden #gardeners #needdonations #floridanurseries #floridanursery #centralfloridanurseries #tropicalplants #freeze #wishmeluck #donations #help #worthycause

Did you know? Shortly after 1925, when The Great Gatsby was first printed by Charles Scribner sons, they dropped it. The book was not marketed well and the sales didn't take off. James Laughlin, grandson of Sydonie's first owner James L Laughlin, was given $100,000 by said grandfather upon graduation from Harvard. Young James did not want to follow the forged-familial-steel-blazed path in life and decided to start a publishing company, New Directions, with the money. James had read The Great Gatsby and thought it was brilliant. He was quick to jump on printing the second edition when Charles Scribner Sons let their publishing contract expire and didn't renew in a timely manner. Thus, the second addition of The Great Gatsby was published by the grandson of Sydonie Mansion's owners and the best early tales of the mansion come via his memoirs in a book entitled, "Byways." He describes Sydonie in a magical Great Gatsby meets the Great South sort of manner. Back in 2015 the mansions new owners were quick to purchase a second edition of The Great Gatsby for the buildings history. History weaves us all together in one way or another. #thegreatgatsby #greatgatsby #sydoniemansion #sydoniemansionweddings #restorical #bringingtheoldgirlback #history #newdirections #jameslaughlin #jamesllaughlin #newdirectionspublishing #charlesscribnersons #publishers #centralfloridahistory

Guests at Sydonie can testify to the fact that we have a photo bomber. Meet Makuro. We are sure glad these two enjoyed her. #phew #photobombingcat #sydoniemansionweddings #sydoniemansion #erikagracephotography #mtdora #centralflorida #centralfloridaphotographer #engagementphotos

When you take on a project as big as this, information can get lost. In 2015 I copied these records from the Laughlin file at Rollins College and didn't realize I had the answer to two of my most pressing questions. When was Sydonie established, and how big was the estate?? Read up. 9000 acres, and 1883!!! She's one of the oldest and biggest in the state!! If not the oldest!!! #sydoniemansion #restorical #bringingtheoldgirlback #centralfloridahistory #centralflorida #oldsouth #rollinscollege #rollinscollegearchives #laughlinfile #jamesllaughlin

The secret garden is alive and well in Florida! I think the architect that built Sydonie would be so happy to see such perfection added to his vision. #ashleywatson #coppercophotography #sydoniemansionweddings #restorical #sydoniemansion #grosvenoratterburymansion #grosvenoratterbury #brides #bride #garden #blackandwhitephoto #centralfloridaweddingvenue

Some images of our June bride, Alexis, putting finishing touches on her attire just arrived in Sydonie's inbox today. Ashley Watson nailed this one! #sydoniemansionweddings #sydoniemansion #bride #ashleywatson #coppercophotography #wedding #sydoniemansionweddingphotographers

We are just missing knobs and the hood over the stove needs to be put back. Then this renovation of the laundry building apartment is complete!! #sydoniemansion #bringingtheoldgirlback #restorical #restoration #lowes #laundrybuilding #apartmentmakeover

Last month I poured over the property and even the neighbor's property with a fire suppression company to try to fulfill a county measure to get permitted for full time tours at the mansion. Of course they would love to see sprinklers and an alarm system that alerts people to get out of the building. In proving to them that sydonie is supplied by a massive well, we stumbled upon the original fire pump. Clearly this won't work again. It was a trauma followed up with much swearing to hear that they want 300K for both systems to be installed and they won't repair any walls or ceilings for that price. Visions of the movie " the Money Pit" flashed through my head as I imagined open walls and exposed pipes. As I told them on their fire suppression tour, I'm not putting in sprinklers and destroying the building preparing for a fire. Let's just hope we never have one. What's Plan B? #overmydeadbody #bringingtheoldgirlback #restorical #sydoniemansion #firepump #oldfirepump #firesupression #estimatefromhell #notgonnahappen #themoneypit #countypermittingwoes

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