Remember Me Rose Garden to purchase mansion
The organizers of the Remember Me Rose Garden Flight 93 have entered into an agreement to lease this three-story mansion with the intent to purchase it. The historic property will be used as a regional office, bed and breakfast, meeting place and rose outlet. (Roger Vogel)
Clay Mankamyer, vice president and director of Remember Me Rose Garden Flight 93, said the group had its eyes on the building for quite some time. He had mentioned it to Sue Casey, garden president, who toured the nearly 100-year-old facility along Route 30 when it was for sale several years ago. He said the mansion is a beautiful historic landmark that could be the perfect stop following a visit to the Flight 93 memorial and garden.
"She was immediately impressed with how good of a fit that would be," he said.
The property, which is located about a mile from the garden, was purchased by Anthony Everly of Maryland. Everly, who owns Everly Custom Builders in Grantsville, Md., started renovating the building while he decided what to do with it.
Mankamyer said he was talking to Casey and they kept thinking about the building.
"When we called (Everly) he said, 'I was just thinking what I could do with that property,'" Mankamyer said.
The two were able to enter into a lease-by-arrangement agreement. The building will be used as a regional office for the rose garden, a bed and breakfast and a meeting area. The plan is to eventually purchase the building.
Mankamyer said the facility will be good for the organization as well as the area.
"There are nice, large meeting rooms with space for 30 to 40 people on two of the floors," he said. "There are five bedrooms readily available and several more to be added. It is a gorgeous facility with 33 acres of ground as well."
The foundation of a dilapidated barn will be reconstructed into a greenhouse and storage building to support operations at the nearby rose garden.
Mankamyer said he has talked to Patrick White, president of the Families of Flight 93, about the families using the facility.
The organization also entered into an agreement with Ping Lim, owner of Roses by Ping and creator of several of the hybrids for the garden, including the Forty Heroes rose. His hybrid roses will be available at the facility.
"We will grow and maintain these roses," Mankamyer said. "For a donation people can get cut roses or the actual bushes themselves."
The organization is looking for a live-in host to run the bed and breakfast and flower outlet.
"We are a not-for-profit and all proceeds will go toward the operation of the Remember Me Rose Garden," Mankamyer said.
Group members are still working on a name for the facility, but are planning to wait until after they find a proprietor to finalize a name.
The Remember Me Rose Garden is located across from the Flight 93 site along Route 30. The garden is a living tribute to the passengers and crew of Flight 93.