I was reading the paper this afternoon online and came across this story. I thought it was a neat story to share with you.
It's a story about a woman who was surprised on her 83rd birthday. Her daughter planned a surprise party for her 83rd birthday at a home she was born in and grew up in, in Ellenton. The home use to be in disrepair and needed a lot of work and was ready to be condemned. Fortunately a couple bought the home and restored it to what it is today. It is now a beautiful home the way Mary Martha remembered it as a child and growing up.
The home today has been fully restored and is now an antiques and collectibles store on Leffingwell Ave in Ellenton.
I thought about what it must have been like for Mary Martha to see the home she grew up in fall into disrepair and almost get condemned and then to have someone restore the home to what is was like when she was growing up. I have to think that meant so much to her and to see the home once again fully restored in beautiful condition.
Ellenton has a lot of old homes that have a lot of meaning to many people. I hope that some of the older homes that need to be repaired are purchased and restored like this one was, instead of bulldozed down and something new built in it's place.