Filoli Gardens A Bay Area Treasure & Historic Landmark:Includes 2013 Event Calandar

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Filoli Gardens

The first time I visited Filoli Gardens I was absolutely in love, with the fragrance in the air, the overwhelming beauty of the flower gardens and awe inspiring architecture. The size of this historical estate makes it somewhat magical, just begging to be explored. You can learn about this Bay Area Treasure yourself with a visit to Filoli Gardens and Country Estate. At Filoli you can explore 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654 acre estate. In 1975 the estate was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Located 30 miles south of San Francisco,in Woodside, California, Filoli is one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its stunning beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, there is never a lack of things to do, whether you enjoy art, a day of live jazz, or reminiscing with friends while sipping tea in the garden, Filoli is a special treat that you will not soon forget! Because of its regal backdrop,Filoli was used in the television series Dynasty, along with the movies, Heaven Can Wait, The Game, The Wedding Planner, The Joy Luck Club and George of the Jungle.

Planning your Visit

Admission to Filoli allows visitors to explore the House and Garden at their leisure. Maps and brochures are available and docents are available throughout to answer questions. There is also a 15 minute video on the history of Filoli that runs continuously in the Visitor and Education Center.

In addition there are guided and seasonal tours to help make Filoli a memorial experience. There is no way you can fit it all in otherwise so I do suggest booking a tour. Filoli’s nature preserve has over seven miles of trails crisscrossing six different types of native California habitats. You can join experienced Nature Education docents on a guided 2 hour hike along some of these well-maintained trails. Experience the beauty and tranquility of our nature preserve while learning about the natural environment and the wildlife that makes Filoli their home.These tours are free with the price of admission but may require advance reservation.

To make reservations contact Visitor Services by email to tours@filoli.org or by phone to (650) 364-8300, extension 507.

Admission

Members are free

Non Members $15 for Adults

Non Members $12 for Seniors (65 & older)

Non Members $5 for Students

Non Members Free for Children (4 & under)

Hours

Open to visitors in 2013 from Tuesday, February 5 through Sunday, October 27

Tuesday - Saturday

10:30am - 3:30pm (last admission at 2:30pm)

Sunday

11:00am - 3:30pm

Closed all Mondays and Federal Holidays

2013 Event Calendar

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When  
What  
Who  
Sunday, July 14
Jazz at Filoli
Filoli continues its 23rd year of outstanding jazz with concert number three. Stride and swing pianist Judy Carmichael has a few surprises up her fashionable sleeve
Wednesday July 17
Step Back In Time
If you are a fan of Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey” or enjoy a great garden party, you will enjoy this evening as Filoli “steps back in time” with music and dress of the 1920s
Wednesday, July 24
Afternoon Tea
This fundraising event is a lovely tradition in the gracious ambiance of Filoli that continues the fourth Wednesday of the month through October
Sunday, July 28
Jazz at Filoli
Filoli continues its 23rd year of outstanding jazz with concert number four.
Friday, August 2 — Sunday, August 4
Summer Celebration: “The Great Big Garden Bonanza”:
Celebrate summer blooms during three days of informative demonstrations, walks, talks, family hikes, orchard tours and fun crafts for children.
Sunday, August 11
Jazz at Filoli
Filoli continues its 23rd year of outstanding jazz with concert number five. Marcos Silva, “Made in Brazil” — You’ll be samba–ing in the aisles.
Wednesday, August 14
The Livin is Easy!
Filoli is open until 7:30 in the evening. Join us with your family and friends at the end of your busy day for a garden stroll or Sunset Hike*. Admission is free for Filoli members or with general admission for non–members.
Sunday, August 25
Jazz at Filoli
Filoli wraps up its 23rd year of outstanding jazz with our last concert.
Saturday, September 28
Autumn at Filoli Festival
Bring your family and celebrate the harvest with fruit tasting, live music and entertainment for all ages.
Wednesday, October 23
Afternoon Tea
This fundraising event is a lovely tradition in the gracious ambiance of Filoli. Champagne is served during this Afternoon Tea
Sunday, October 27
Closing Day 2013
Filoli closes for the 2013 season at 3:30 pm.
Saturday, October 1
Autumn at Filoli Festival
Celebrate the harvest with fruit tasting and family entertainment.
Wednesday, October 19
Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea continues the fourth Wednesday of the month through September and Wednesday, October 19. Reserve by calling (650) 364-8300, ext. 288 and leaving a message.
Sunday, October 23
Closing Day 2011
Filoli closes for the 2011 season at 3:30 pm.
Friday, November 25
Holiday Traditions
Filoli is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Don't miss this beloved annual fundraiser.

The Filoli Mansion

Flowers of Filoli - For a Smile

Let's go to Filoli Gardens

A marker86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA -
86 Canada Rd, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
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poetryman6969 2 years ago

Lovely photos.


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ardhendudey 2 years ago from Jamshedpur

Had a wonderful virtual trip to Filoli Gardens. Very beautifully explained hub. It would be a wonderful experience if I get the opportunity to visit this place.


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Wonderful. Looks a stunning place


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

You are so welcome MM - Hope you do visit some day - I am sure you would enjoy as I would enjoy visiting so many places in your home - Canada, so much to see!!!! By the time I retire I will be too old and tired to travel lol -

Thanks so much for your visit and your feedback!


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

SOLD!!!! I want to visit!!!! To think when I was 33, five months pregnant I was in San Fran, but new nothing of this treasure, thanks for sharing--Should I ever be in the area again--i wouldn't miss this for the world!!! Thanks for sharing, was such a treat to read and view!!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Shea! It is a pleasure to see you! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks TSS! Yes it is such a beautiful place, wish my flowers looked like that! I am so glad you had a chance to stop by!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi there Kashmir! So nice to see you! Thanks for you comments! Not sure if they allow dogs but what a blast they would have!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Susan- Thanks for the visit, it is a beautiful place. Hope you can see some day!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Good to see you RHW (getting lazy) so I do hope you recognize you acronym. Yes I do think we all have our fun and must-see places, I hope to visit them all some day! Thanks so much for stopping in!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thank you so much HappyBoomerNurse! I do apologize, I am really out of sequence here! I just moved back to the Bay Area after being gone for about a year and I must say I am glad to be home! I do hope that you will get a chance to visit some day! When we all have scads of time and money to cruise the Countryside! cheers :-)


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Kathy my dearest friend, thank you for your kind and inspirational words....oh and did I mention sense of humor! You are quite amazing. I received a Thank you Email from Filoli with an update for their Fall/Winter 2011 events so I will do an update!

I do hope that you Al and family are well - but of course they are - they are Lucky Cats!


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shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

what a lovely place!

great hub


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Thanks for the virtual tour. What a treasure it would be to visit. Thanks for sharing.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Looks like a very beautiful place to visit, loved the videos !

Beautiful and vote up !!!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Filoli Gardens looks like a place I would love to visit. That mansion and all the flowers are gorgeous.

Beautiful Hub!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Really great info and beautiful pictures. This hub makes me want to jump up and book a tour! Excellent Cahtcath! We have Shaws Garden and Botanical Garedens here and it sounds similar. The kids love going there. You just reminded me we haven't been there yet this summer. They have fountains shooting from ground and all the kids can run though them! Perfect weather - thank you so much!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

I just checked it out....a beautiful site! This is (one of) your callings! Kathy...get thee to an agent! Post haste!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Fantastic!~ Kathy! What a truly beautiful hub...the pictures, your descriptions which are filled with a deep appreciation for this fabulous estate. Which is why we LOVE California so! I have not been but, I surely will take the time when I'm settled. You've done a real service to this beautiful world of make believe with this hub which is full of useful information, video, prices, schedules, history and more. I am sorry I have not visited but will definitely do so. I wonder if there is a way that you can forward this hub to the Filoli web site (if there is one..I'm going to check once I've finished this comment.) You can easily write as descriptive introductory to advertisements for this, and other beautiful places. You're a natural at this...I certainly want to visit now that I've read this hub...,I bet others feel the very same way!!! All UP's and Awesome and Interesting, Useful, Beautiful...yes!!!!!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

I adore mansions and gardens and this one looks absolutely stunning. Love your vivid descriptions, the photos and the videos. I also found the info about the movies it's been in very interesting.

I've never been to the bay area or the west coast but if I do make it there someday this would definitely be on my to do list. Thanks so much for sharing this information. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Greetings RT, with your green thumb I knew you would get a kick out of the beautiful gardens and the fragrance of the flowers! You could get that going in no time, I have faith in you! :-) Thanks so much for visiting-hope to see you soon, enjoy your summer!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks K9, you are definitely my inspiration for setting up the most awesome and creative Hubs! I learn something new every time you publish! So glad you had a chance to come play in the garden for awhile, See you soon my friend!

HH


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

So nice to see you Professor! Your visits are always such a treat, and I thank you for all of your kind words! Hope you are doing well, enjoying your summer and doing lots of writing! I know you have built quite a following ;-) No surprises there.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

"Bourn" also planted a garden. Ha! I should be such a gardener! :)

The second picture through the doorway made me want to stop everything and go paint something!

What a beautiful place you have highlighted for us. Thanks so much!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Beautifully put together hub CK! Lovely descriptions and helpful information for making a trip to Filoli Gardens in California. I enjoyed the wonderful video's and the helpful maps...but the event calendar you provide is a bookmark item for sure! Great stuff here, thanks for sharing.

HubHugs~

K9


Aka Professor M 5 years ago

I'm sorry I didn't see this earlier ChatKath, Well well done in every detail! You have capture the beauty in all the mediums that you used ! Pictures,Videos and Words!

Bravo Kathy, Bravo!

Voted this up and pushed all the right buttons!

Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Yes, it is a beautiful place Ethel - thank you for commenting, is does remind me of some of the beautiful old European castles, not so common here in California unfortunately. :-)


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Greetings Audrey!! It is funny, I have lived in the Bay Area my entire life, even born at Stanford Hospital (not to age myself but, it was Hoover Hospital then) and I never heard of Filoli until 2005 - when my Dad's partner took me there, she takes art classes there and is a member. I was so impressed!

We must enjoy together some time when you are in town, I would love that! Thanks for checking in, your smile is always such a lift.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks for stopping in Martie, glad you like Filoli. Spending a day there is like no other, I am sure you would enjoy!


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Looks a beautiful place, just my cup of tea:)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I just can't believe that after living in the bay area for years, I missed this. Ouch! Well, when I do go back for a visit, this is first on my list. You have put together such a complete package including an Events Calendar. May I join you and Epi at a ring-side table at one of the the Dick Hyman Performances?

Filoli Gardens - you have given me one more piece of magic to dream of. Thank you, my friend. Rated up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting. Blessings.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Sharyn, how are things for you? Hope you are surviving summer - seems there is always another challenge right around the corner. Maybe we should move into Filoli gardens- I'll take the east wing....Talk soon! Thanks for visiting.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I would love to spend a day in Filoli Gardens. Thanks so much for sharing and posting the videos.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Kathy,

What a beautiful place you have described here. Very well written and the pics are awesome too. Hope you are doing well . . .

Sharyn


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thank you carrie, yes it is such a gorgeous place, wondering what it would feel like to live there, I would probably get lost going to the bathroom. (Even one of your stunning revamped designs-Everyone check out these amazing bathroom designs!

http://hubpages.com/@carriethomson


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Oh what a lovely place, the hub makes me want to visit.. nice read and good photographs..:-) voted up

carrie


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

You are just too sweet Epi- I can just see you at Filoli now, jazz Chime'n with Hyman - moon's just a shine'n and Epi's rhyme'n, our own dignified poet with his name in lights! We must add Big Daddy to the Calendar!

Although Lake Erie and your furry fans and family would miss you dearly, can't say that I blame them! You are a treasure my friend! Thank you for your most special visit-Here is to many more!!! (raise your glass now)


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well the only thing more beautiful than this hub and its glorious images is you my dear Kathy - you have supported me through this year and last - and I will always be happy for the day that we met my good friend.

I always love your hubs because you put so much into them and make them special - well just like you - and I see on the guest list is two of my favorite artists - Dick Hyman and Scott Hamilton on piano and sax.

Looking at the full moon just now over my lake - it's truly a beautiful sight when showcased in a setting like this - I will think of you Kathy and send you these warm wishes.

lake erie time 1:50 am

I sincerely hope you and your family are all well, my two cats spend all of their time outdoors with room service from Big daddy.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thank you Prasetio, my truly elite friend! People like you have made it fun to spend time on Hub Pages! You are the best!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Congratulations for you as a HubPages elite. Not all of us can get this achievement. I am proud to be your friend. Just keep on writing and do the best. I'll support you form the back. Success for you.

Prasetio


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

So good to see you Alicia! Yes this would be a great stop while visiting California, highly recommend! Thanks for your visit!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Nell, funny, Filoli reminds me of so many castles I saw in England, that is what I enjoyed about it - such character and history, maybe even a few ghosts :-) Thanks for your comments!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Green Lotus, I know what you mean about the deserts, except I don't usually wait for Holiday unfortunately...Thanks for stopping in!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Greeting b. - thanks for your visit! I do recommend Filoli, hopefully LoverMan will enjoy too! Have a great evening.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thank you Always Exploring, Yep I can imagine all the gardeners it must take to maintain those grounds! Definitely the right place for lots of wine and roses! Glad you enjoyed Filoli.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Will, Wow, Dalmo Victor was quite the Company in its day, I think it has been bought out many times over though right? Small world :-)


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a beautiful hub! Filoli Gardens looks like a wonderful place to visit. I will keep this place in mind for the next time that I visit California. Thank you for the information and the lovely photos and videos.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this sounds like a lovely place to visit, sometimes we bypass places without realising how lovely they are, wish I was over there! cheers nell


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

How lovely. I think my favorite thing on holiday is to visit gardens (and eat dessert!). This one is bookmarked.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Chatkah, you make Filoli Gardens sound oh so Beautiful with the Gardens and Mansion pictures, and Events Calendar...Wow! On our List of Places to see now. Thank you!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very beautiful Kathy. I love the gardens and the mansion. The landscaping is unique, can't keep from wondering how many people it takes to keep it so attractive. I would love to go and have the wine and roses. Thank you.

Cheers


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Hi Chatkath,

I too, used to work in Belmont, for a company called Dalmo Victor.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks so much prasetio! Filoli is quite a lovely place, even to visit for a day. I am so glad that you had a chance to come by!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Wow, San Carlos is just a few miles away, I used to pass the airport on my way to work in Belmont each day! I can see you now Will cruising around up there with your cowboy hat! What fun. Thanks for stopping in.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

So nice to see you Eiddwen, I know, it is amazing how quickly you get behind on HP, especially with all of the new hubs you must visit in a week's time! I am glad you had a chance to get away though! I thank you for you visit and I am glad you enjoyed Filoli.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow.... this was so beautiful garden. I had never knew about this before. I love your presentation, between text, pictures and video. All informations in this hub was awesome. I hope I have a chance to visit this garden someday. You have done a great job here. Vote it up!

Prasetio


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Kitty, I have never heard of any haunting at Filoli but by looking at it, that is hard to believe ;-) Construction of Filoli began in 1915, initially built for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, prominent San Franciscans whose chief source of wealth was the Empire Mine. Maybe I should do another hub on the history of estate & families - http://www.filoli.org/explore-filoli/history/prese... - lots to tell! Anyway, thanks so much for your visit, it is an awesome place, let me know if you find anything "interesting"....


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I earned my pilot's license years ago at San Carlos airport, and I used to fly over this on my way to Half Moon Bay.

Great Hub!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

This is beautiful Chatkath,

I have found solace in nature so many times and still do.

This hub is beautiful,informative and very well presented.

I am bookmarking it into my 'Armchair Travelling' slot.Plus beautiful/awesome/useful/up here.

I am on a catch-up today so I'll have aanother peep before I leave your hubs !!

I had a week away from Hubpages last week and I have missed so much !!

Take care my friend

Eiddwen.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Voted up, useful and beautiful! I really would love to visit this place...and I believe there is at least one ghost residing here...do you know a lot about the history of this place? I would love to hear about its history...great job!

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