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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The ruins of a mansion

There's a nice little community here with a retreat center, conferences and camps in summertime, and some homes mainly for retired ministers I think...called Christmount.

I went to a party in one of the conference rooms last Saturday.  The only other time I've visited was to enjoy  Sunday brunch which is open to the public in the main dining room...and is quite a good affair of a variety of foods.

But on my way home I stopped to see what has more interest to my "historic places" funny bone.

 In case you're wondering if I stuck my head into the barred opening...and the answer is, no way. A dark space exists, and I love sunshine...and it just felt too spooky.

The Gustavino mansion ruins are right inside the Christmount entrance.  They were completely hidden by growth of native plants for a long time, which have not only been uncovered but have signs talking about the areas you're looking at.  You have to park on the narrow road however.

I'll share a few more pictures of the ruins later.


  1. Hello,

    Neat captures of the ruins, the wine cellar is cool. Have a happy day and week ahead.

  2. What a great find! I definitely would like to see more pictures.

  3. It would seem the wine cellar has outlived the rest of the structure. It doesn't take long for nature to reclaim things.

  4. That's a well-built wine cellar! Interesting post.

  5. How fascinating! I know I've heard of Gustavino -- shall go a-googling . . .


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