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Thornwald Timeline

Thornwald Timeline

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1909: Lewis S. Sadler begins construction of “Thornwald” mansion and grounds

1911: Construction completed

1922: Lewis Sadler dies- passes estate to his brother Sylvester B. Sadler

1931: Sylvester Sadler dies- passes estate to younger brother Horace T. Sadler

1953: May 27 Horace Sadler sells estate to The Evangelical Reformed Church

1972: Carlisle School District purchases the “Homewood Site” (mansion and 32 acres of original estate)

1975: Carlisle Borough buys it from the School District with a $350.000 “preservation” grant

August 15, 1976: Dedication of Thornwald Park

1979: Amphitheater is built along with jogging trails

1999: Auction for the Mansion, the bidder does not come forward

2007: The Mansion burns down – supposedly from arson

2010: Rkia Hall purchases the Mansion and restores it.

2013 : Mansion opens as a bed and breakfast, spa, and wedding venue.