There is evidence construction of the first structure at this location occurred in 1891, by Samuel Allen Long, who had taken a 40 acre homestead in 1884 and expanded it to a 2000 acre farm. The name “Rotherwood” was found during the 2011 renovation covered by the top of the east porch. Research revealed that Mr. Long, who was known to have owned property in the area, deeply admired a farm in western Pennsylvania named Rotherwood.
The home was a simple structure measuring about 30 x 50, built of stone from the surrounding land. A single image of the house, taken from the south of the back of the home, provides a few clues that can still be seen today. When you visit the new Great Hall, look up through the skylight and try to find the shadow of the first home above the window.