May 11, 2012 – amidst the rumble of cement trucks under clear sunny skies and a surfy Atlantic Ocean, we seized the opportunity to undertake a special, and significant moment. On the eve of the 6 month anniversary since our fire, a piece of the original Main Lodge was placed within the foundation of the new.
Robert Risley, the owner of White Point who has been so committed to rebuilding our Main Lodge, selected a stone from a collection that we pulled from the original 1928 foundation just days after the fire – the perfect stone, to be placed within the new foundation.
The stone, needing to be the just the right size so as not to interfere with the integrity of the foundation, was selected by Robert. Soiled from the fire, the perfect stone had some concrete from the original assembly attached to it as well. We have marveled at the workmanship and ingenuityof the original builders – incorporating existing boulders and beachstones into foundation walls. It is fitting that one of the beachstones they would have hand selected, and placed within the original foundation – with some of the concrete would have mixed likely by hand as well – would find it’s way into our new foundation.
If only those stones could talk! Actually they are -within our new foundation and they will continue to. Remember -83 of the fireplace stones live on within homes and gardens of White Pointers thanks to thier support of our Liverpool Volunteer Fire Department over Christmas 2011.
Timing is everything, and with Robert onsite May 11, we were able to add this commemorative foundation stone, to the foundation directly below the dining room.
In the years to come, we invite you to think about this stone as you take a seat in our new dining room. As you settle in, and look out over the Atlantic Ocean, be sure to raise a glass to this 1928 foundation stone – toast the 83 years of memories it holds and to decades more that we will create and enjoy in the many, many years to come!
This, indeed, was a great day at White Point!
The White Point Team