Stony Ford Podcast: Episode Two

Thanks for stopping by and listening to our second podcast! In this episode we try to get to the bottom of when Stony Ford was built, and who built it. In the pod cast I talk about some visuals, so check out the images below to see what we’re referencing.

When we were researching who owned Stony Ford before Charles Backman, we did find way more info than we expected. It surprised me for sure! We found out that a man named Louis Sutton was most likely the person who built Stony Ford and Backman enlarged the hotel to make a mansion.

Then we said, who owned the house before Sutton? We see a man named Joseph Bloom but the documents are too difficult to read so we can’t make out of a house was part of the purchase. Have a listen and tell us what you think!

Wine bottles in the Stony Ford basement. 


Wine making supplies, Stony Ford basement.


Door that leads outside, Stony Ford basement. I love how the top is cut completely slanted. 


More wine bottles, Stony Ford basement.


Basement ceiling. See how an old piece of plaster is there, and the lath. It shows us that long ago, the basement was finished, like any other part of the house. 


Wine bottles and barrels, Stony Ford basement.


Stony Ford basement.



The door that goes no where! Stony Ford basement


Stone and brick foundation, Stony Ford basement.


Arched door way in the canning closet, Stony Ford basement. I love that door!
Newspaper advertisement for Stony Ford when it was called the Excelsior House. May 1, 1863.


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  1. Reply


    August 30, 2016

    Hi! First off, your house is heart-melting. Thank you for sharing, I look forward to seeing more!
    Second… You may have come across this already, but is a fabulous resource for research. A little tough to get used to the search parameters at first, but unbelievable amounts of information. I usually start searching by address, then by people or events. Enjoy!

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      Susan Brinson

      September 2, 2016

      This site looks amazing! I can’t wait to give it a try. We have a big gap in the house history, so maybe this will help fill it in. Thank you so much!