A Touch of Nostalgia

10940592_10152671913453581_8020661148056849708_nAs I start to collect items for my guest rooms in the Roseboro, I came across this great find the other day and brought it to the Roseboro. While my guest rooms will have modern conveniences (like a Keurig coffee maker in every room), I want them to have a touch of nostalgia as well.

Beverwyck Brewing Company

famous-beverageWhile working on the footings underneath the Roseboro this week, Ron Kleinberger found this large old sign. Beverwyck Brewing Company was formed in 1878 and was located at 30/52 North Ferry Street, in Albany, New York. The brewery produced beer from 1878 until prohibition in 1920. During prohibition Beverwyck had a license to produce non-alcoholic beverages. Beverwyck reopened in 1933 with six products. The beer was produced in a can with a funnel lid on top as shown in the photo.

Foundation Work Continues

10896969_10152653700343581_2372558687047624158_nWhat’s been going on at the Roseboro since the Victorian Holiday Festival? Well, work continues on the foundation and footings of the building. Ron Kleinberger has been busy putting in new concrete footing to replace the old whiskey barrels that had been holding it up. Once the footings are in place, then Ron will slowly start to jack up the building. It has to be done very slowly and only about a 1/2″ a day. He is working on the lobby and dining room first. The Ballroom wing and the Holland House (along Main Street) will be next. Gary has been doing some interior work, but I have pulled him off to do some work at the farm. We did get the new sign up a week ago. It looks great!

Our plan is to have the restaurant done and open by the first part of April. We will be remodeling the restrooms and painting the lobby and dining room in the next few months. A lot of work ahead!

Our New Sign

10898281_10152629441723581_2337927454436083309_nGary surprised me by hanging up our new sign. It will look beautiful once we paint the hotel and do the trim in the matching burgundy color this spring. The gold “R” with the wings will be used on the menus, embroidered on the guest room towels, on our dining room glassware and much more. It should look quite classy!

A Year In Review

Happy Holidays from Ron Ketelsen at the Roseboro in Sharon Springs, NY!

in-review-1Well, no one could ever have guessed the changes that would transpire in my life in 2014! What an amazing year! I went from being a Human Resource Consultant in Silicon Valley to a gentleman farmer and a hotelier in Sharon Springs, New York. It all began last December, when I took a trip to Sharon Springs to visit some friends. Sharon Springs is a very small village – 45 minutes northwest of Albany. The historic village of Sharon Springs has a whopping population of 578 people.

It all began when I attended the Victorian Holiday Celebration in early December of last year and fell in love with this unique village. During my visit, I discovered that a massive historic hotel called the Roseboro was for sale. Most people would look at it as a money-pit. I looked at it as a huge opportunity and bought it!

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