Our connection to Locke House is through Richard's mentor John W. Thorp, the noted aeronautical engineer, and his wife Kay. (That story was the basis for an HGTV "Restore America" feature.)
At Kay's request, we moved from Alexandria, Virginia, to Lockeford with our daughter Kerri to save John's ancestral house and aeronautical legacy. And thus began a very different lifestyle for us all.
In a six-year process of preservation, restoration and rehabilitation - The Inn at Locke House Bed and Breakfast was born. The three of us planned the process and worked with wonderful craftsmen. Even our sons Christian and Kendt took working vacations to lend a hand.
To honor Kay's request, Richard has displays of John Thorp's accomplishments in the inn and barn workshop. He supports aircraft enthusiasts and builders who have interest in John's designs, especially the T-18.
The Locke House challenges us to use the scope of our experiences and interests. Richard is a mechanical and electrical engineer who has focused on aeronautics. My professional background is in education – language arts, writing, and theatre arts – and working with non-profit organizations. Kerri's varied work experiences, interior design talent and managerial skills also come into play. She and I enjoy cooking and baking together, especially creating and adapting recipes. We delight in planning intimate events.
Our family shares a love of nature, historic places and historic buildings. We work to make this property and our operations eco-friendly and have earned "Green Lodging" status. Locke House is our ultimate commitment to preserving resources.
Visitors may find me in the baking kitchen or in the gardens. Richard may be working on airplane parts or fixing something in the barn workshop. Kerri, Christian or Kendt may be here to greet guests and help with a special event. We continue our involvement in the community following the adage "Bloom where you are planted." Being proprietors of a bed and breakfast inn seems just natural!