Our 2019 Plans!

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This spring, construction begins on our next building! The Recreation and Work Rooms (Vestry) building is 3750 sq. ft, and will be built in the same style as our guest cottage - using only reclaimed wood and structural stone masonry. It is the largest building so far and should take approximately 12 months to finish. Minimal plumbing and no electricity, the building will be heated by wood burning stoves and have a rain water system. The plastered walls will keep the building cool and in the summer, and warm in the winter. Once the stone work is finished, local craftsmen will handmade the windows and doors, while timber framers will complete the structure, and the interior by Patrick Lemmon, resident Project Manager and owner of Orthodox Masonry.

Floors and fireplaces will be built using Old Carolina Brick - a company which specializes in hand making brick. Each brick is hand moulded using the beautiful and lasting traditions of colonial craftsmanship. The roof will be finished with authentic Virginia slate. The stone masonry will be headed up by master mason, Justin Money, of Irish Rock Art. We are thrilled to have him part of this build as he brings 30 plus years of expertise to our small corner of the world.

As of right now we are completing the land development and excavation begins mid-March. Stone masonry begins in May.

The Nuns are so grateful for everyone’s contributions to this project - monetarily, time, in-kind donations, and prayer! We hope that these gifts will continue to come so that we can see this magnificent project be completed in the next 9 years. We have raised more than half of what is necessary to raise this Recreation and Work Rooms building. Once it is finished, the Nuns will be able to move out of the barn and trailer and into something much more suitable for living. After this building is completed, plans for 2020 will commence. Would you consider making small gift to support us in these efforts? CLICK HERE to make your tax deductible gift!

The smallest building (bottom left) is our woodshed and was completed last summer. The building to its right is the upcoming Recreation and Work rooms building and will be the Nuns’ new home until the rest of the complex is completed.

The smallest building (bottom left) is our woodshed and was completed last summer. The building to its right is the upcoming Recreation and Work rooms building and will be the Nuns’ new home until the rest of the complex is completed.