GASPORT — The Graestone Manor was constructed in 1865 by Curtis Root, and even though it's more than 153 years old, the Victorian style home is still in pristine condition. The current owners are planning to highlight the home's historical roots and turn it into a bed and breakfast.
Owners Robert and Heather Mattison purchased the home at 4049 Root Road in November and over the past few months they have been learning its history and sharing it on social media. They hope to have the home ready as a bed and breakfast in September. Even though the house is in very good condition, the owners want to restore it to its original glory.
They said they decided to turn it into a bed and breakfast after they saw an interest on social media.
Root and his wife, Melissa, lived in the home until they passed away. Root bred horses and even had a horse race track called the Root Trotting Park in the yard of the home.
"People would come form all around to race their horses here," Heather Mattison said.
Daughter Flora Root then lived in the house by herself until the 1940s. Dorson Roszman and his wife were the next family to live in the home. Roszman's wife lived in the home until the 1990s, and the Burg family purchased the home in 1999.
The Mattisons said there are plenty of attractions for visitors to enjoy if they stay there, including the Niagara Wine Trail, Becker Farms, the Lockport Nature Trail, Alabama Swamps, the Iroquois Nature Preserve, the Royalton Ravine and some antique shops. Also, it is only a short driving distance to Niagara Falls and Buffalo.
The owners would like to keep the house true to its Victorian Style. They plan to create a menu that could consist of breakfast items like crepes, Belgian waffles, blueberry pancakes, French toast and the like. Robert Mattison said the menu is still a work in progress. When the bed and breakfast is open, it will have three rooms that can hold up to six people with a double occupancy.
Heather Mattison, a Reiki master and a physic medium, plans to offer her services to guests. She also said the house has some paranormal aspects to it that she would like to highlight. There will be a paranormal investigation held on May 18 and tickets can be purchased at graestonemanorhaunt.brownpapertickets.com.
"Previous occupants have experienced everything from disembodied voices, full-bodied apparitions to physical contact by unseen entities," they write on their website.
However, Heather Mattison noted, "It's not scary. We're not seeing it as a negative."
For more information, check out graestonemanor.com.