Progress Made in Ashmore Estates Repairs

[] Earlier this month, a powerful storm tore through eastern Coles County, Illinois, home to Ashmore Estates. The former almshouse and hospital for the developmentally disabled was directly in the storm’s path and sustained heavy damage to its new roof. Undeterred, owner Robbin Terry vowed to forge ahead an make repairs. Brad Klinge, formerly of Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab, even set up a Gofundme account to raise money for repairs to the building. Over the past few weekends, substantial progress has been made in cleaning up the storm damage.

David H. Lowery, who lives on site and helps look after the building, feels positive. “The affect this place has on people is amazing,” he told us. “You come here once, and you just feel drawn to visit again. I have coined the name ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Prairie’ and its seems to have stuck, she is very regal even in this condition. I think maybe many of the spirits here were very proud of their home and that pride carries over and is infectious. Even with the weather and roof problems we have had, many come happily back to volunteer their labor to help get the building up to were it should be. Robbin Terry has put his heart and soul into making this one of the top spots to investigate in the US and I think it is working.”

Volunteers made so much progress cleaning up the damage that Robbin Terry felt confident to allow a daytime historical tour of Ashmore Estates on Sunday, June 21st. It was the first tour of the building in 2015. The tour was hosted by Michele Watson-Baker, who has volunteered at Ashmore Estates and researched its history for the past several years.

The amount of work done in the year that Robin has owned Ashmore Estates is astounding,” she told us. “It is absolutely above and beyond anything I could have imagined. Same goes for the support the building and Robin have had, people from all over coming to volunteer their time out of the goodness of their hearts. I don’t know if it will ever be ‘done,’ but Robin will always keep Ashmore Estates in wonderful shape.”

There is still a lot more work to be done, but with the continued dedication of volunteers, the future of Ashmore Estates looks just a bit brighter.

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