Missing the Red House Inn
We don’t seem to miss things until they are completely vanished and all week I have been thinking about the Red House Inn and Barn. Being a photographer, I am more of a visual person and these two buildings were important landmarks that I loved passing when entering Allegany State Park (just off exit 19 on I86). For as often I spent time taking pictures “around” these buildings . . . I rarely took actual pictures of the buildings (which I regret now).
My grandmother worked in the Red House Inn when my mom was a young child. At that time the Inn was a popular location for people visiting its water fountain (with goldfish) and for having one of the area’s largest Rose Gardens. You never heard people talk about the food at the restaurant. . . . just how amazing the Roses were! They had Roses growing in every possible color and were something that I would have loved to photographed back in the day. Over time this amazing garden disappeared except one Pinkster Azalea bush that happen to survive the years.
During my childhood this building was turned into a Sports Bar/Restaurant until there were some management changes. During work times I have had the opportunity to go inside the abandoned building and could visualize many good times that people had there. Many weddings, anniversaries, reunions, first dates and or some first kisses that could have happened . . . I believe the stories people could tell would be good enough for a book.
Now where will those Barn Swallows build their nest once they return, or where will the Pileated Woodpecker go to find his Carpenter Ants? Will the Skunk and Woodchucks find new porches to live under? How about those Red Squirrels or Flying Squirrels . . . . will they find new attics to move into? Ok, I think everyone gets the hint why these buildings were demolished. It still sucks to see the buildings departed with only its empty space remaining! It feels like I forgot to say “Goodbye”!
The Red House Inn before demolition (Photo by Grace)
Thanks to Grace for allowing me to use her Red House Inn photo and to the Cushman family for use of the Historical slide photos. Now whenever someone comes to visit . . . they can meet me next to the parking lot next to nothing.
And how quickly it can disappear
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