PRINCETON – The staff and board of directors of Adsmore House and Gardens are preparing the institution for a reopening in the fall.
The local attraction closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the closure, the property received repairs and updates.
Administrator Wayne Yates said the Carriage House gift shop is in the process of being remodeled. He noted that he would be carrying Grand Millennial and other vintage and antique pieces.
He said the transformation of the Carriage House into a standalone gift shop was part of a new strategy for Adsmore.
“We hope this will happen so that we can generate additional revenue to meet Adsmore’s needs for the projects,” Yates said.
He said an inventory reduction sale is scheduled for October 7-9. The sale will allow Yates to acquire new merchandise, freeing up space to update and refine the store’s inventory.
Yates and Adsmore staff are planning a formal reopening in November, which will mark Adsmore’s 35th anniversary. He noted that the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic determine operations and final dates.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday are fiscally viable operating days, Yates said. He is aware that the local economy is recovering, as is Adsmore.
The guides, who act as tour guides and museum park educators, are also eager to return.
Barbara Giannini has been with Adsmore since 2010. Her fascination with Adsmore stems from the authenticity associated with the house.
She is intrigued by the local history. Giannini said the Adsmore house is filled with nostalgic goods handed down from generation to generation. She said museum patrons can be transported to the sticker on display.
Giannini and Yates agreed that the Adsmore property had similar qualities and characteristics to Downton Abbey, a television drama series depicting English estates from the turn of the 20th century.
Katharine Roberta Garrett and her husband took possession of the Adsmore property in the early 1900s. Adsmore House and Gardens opened to the public in 1986.
Garrett bequeathed a trust fund to the Caldwell County Library Board, which acts as a tax agent. Yates said Adsmore’s operations are supported by the trust fund.