Last year Speedwell Forge was entered as a nominee for a variety of preservation awards. The responses came back telling us to apply again when we are finished with the restoration. That could be several years from now. The full restoration is actually a three-phase process. The first was restoring the mansion, the Summer Kitchen, the Paymaster’s Office, and the spring house/workshop, which have all been completed. Phase two will be to finish the unique stone privy, which already has a brand-new roof, and has been repointed. And phase three will be the required replacing of the full-length porch on the back of the house and rebuilding the chicken coop. (We’ll all be fighting to gather the daily fresh eggs for breakfast.)
In spite of not having all those phases completed, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County has recognized and honored Speedwell Forge for the hard work that went into breathing new life into the mansion and some of the surrounding out buildings. On November 13, 2007, we received the 2007 C. Emlen Urban Award for Preservation.
We are grateful to all who helped make this possible.