Uncovering the Stories of Point Ellice House

A large tree stump sits next to a white picket fence
A stump found behind the holly bushes at Point Ellice House.

Last week at Point Ellice House, our Head Gardener Sheila and volunteer Tim were working around the circular drive, trimming holly trees and tidying up the garden beds. As they trimmed back holly branches, they uncovered an enormous stump, likely a horse chestnut tree planted by Peter O’Reilly in the 1870s. The stump was new to us and a reminder that Point Ellice House and its gardens continue to surprise. There’s a lot we know about the house and families that lived here, but there’s still so much we have yet to uncover.

There’s rarely a dull moment in the day to day operations of a historic house museum. This blog will be a space for myself (Kelly Black, Executive Director) and other staff and invited guests to share stories and updates about our work here at Point Ellice House Museum & Gardens. We hope you enjoy reading this blog and that it encourages you to come see the site for yourself – maybe it will inspire you to get involved with helping us tell the many stories of this site.

Welcome to our blog!

– Dr. Kelly Black
Executive Director

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