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Giles House loses caretaker, gardener in residence

Susan Lewis is moving from area, but will continue on advisory board of Giles Society, the advisory board which oversees the Spout Springs home of writers Janice Holt and Henry Giles
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By Linda Waggener

The Janice Holt and Henry Giles Foundation President Clara Metzmeier,reluctantly accepted files from Susan Lewis, who will be movingout of the area and will be unable to continue her duties on the workingboard of the Giles Society.

For the past year Susan has lived and worked in Knifley and herwork at the Giles House will be missed.



The transfer took place at the Giles Society Board of Directors meeting held Saturday, April 12, 2008.

She had lived in the Becky House on the Giles property as the caretaker and gardener in residence and shared a great love of the property with others in the area.

Susan Lewis was able to put into writing what so many feel about the writers' home. In a February 11, 2008, article, she wrote, "I know part of why Janice and Henry may have wanted to live in this valley the beautiful sunsets, the fog lifting off the pond in the mornings, the ice forming on the pond in the winter, the wildlife coming to drink in the pond and at the springs, the peaceful quiet nights with only the frogs croaking to break up the silence, the fresh clean smell of the morning, and even the steady winds that creak the house and sway the trees.

Board member Gayla Baker is stepping in as treasurer and continues to be the Knifley link to the Giles House just a few miles from her store, Baker's Grocery.Susan Lewis will move onto the advisory board of the society and continue her support long distance.

For more on her experience, see her story.

If you would like to help with your time or money our mailing address is PO Box 932, Columbia, KY 42728, make checks payable to The Giles Society. To become a member any annual donation $30 or over will put you on our membership roll, on the mailing list for the quarterly newsletter and 10% off merchandise in the gift shop.

A docent is on duty in the summer from June to October on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pmCT when the cabin is open to the public. The Giles Log House and property is located 7 miles southeast of Knifley off Highway 76 (Elkhorn Road) on Spout Springs Road.


This story was posted on 2008-04-14 04:28:52
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Giles Society change: Valued Becky House resident is moving



2008-04-14 - Giles House, Spout Springs Road, Knifley, KY - Photo By Linda Waggener.
CLARA METZMEIER, President of the Giles Society, accepted files from Susan Lewis, resident caretaker and gardener at the historic site. Ms. Lewis will continue to serve on the advisory board long distance.

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