IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013 - 40

STOP RUN
Owning a
Piece of HISTORY

Retired IBMer Joseph Gulla and his wife,
Rosemarie, jumped at the chance to own
a house on the National Historic Register.

Historic property has much to teach retired IBMer

H

Mike Westholder
is managing editor
of IBM Systems
Magazine, Mainframe edition.

Built in 1816, the Marley
farmhouse is listed on the
National Historic Register. The
15-acre site includes an 1833
barn and about 10 outbuildings
from the 1800s and early 1900s
that were relocated to the
property. The oldest structure
on the site had been a mill
along Brush Creek dating back
to 1790. Though the mill was
breached in 1905, remnants of
its stacked-stone dam remain.
"I found the property by
accident," Gulla says. "When
the opportunity to own a
house on the National Historic
Register became possible, we
grabbed it. We had confidence
we would figure out how to
respect the history of the place
and make it available for others
to use and enjoy."
The Gullas' plans included:
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buildings to artists or
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available for farming and
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"We had grand ideas and set
to march after them," Gulla
says. "The more we went,
though, we realized, 'Let's
not create a plan and carry
it out. Instead, let's see what
evolves,' " he says. So, while
the couple still has goals for the
property, they have no specific
timeline. "It relieves some of the
pressure," he adds.
Since buying the property,
Gulla has spent hours improving
the site and researching its past
through county records and the
like. A recent milestone project
involved clearing the trees and
undergrowth that obscured the
dam so it's now more easily
visible and accessible.
Also, a neighbor showed
Gulla a slave cemetery adjacent
to the land with one marker

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dating back to 1756. That's
spurred Gulla to further research
the property's ownership
beyond the Marley family,
which purchased the land in the
1790s, documents show.
Other ideas are also taking
shape. In August, the barn
hosted a KidZNotes teachers'
meeting. Based in Durham, N.C.,
KidZNotes is a non-profit that
seeks to transform disadvantaged
children's lives through free
musical instruction. Going
forward, the space will be made
available to similar groups for the
cost of utilities, Gulla says.
Less than six months in,
owning a piece of history has
been a learning experience in
more ways than one.
Gulla concludes: "Buying
this property and making it into
something that reveals its beauty
and importance has reminded me
how important it is to get up every
day and get to it."

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF JOSEPH GULLA

istory frequently teaches that life has ways of
changing our best-laid plans. Author, educator
and retired IBMer Joseph Gulla and his wife,
Rosemarie, learned that firsthand after buying the
historic Marley Mills property in Randolph County, N.C.,
last spring.


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