Last month, we experienced a piece of history thorough an historic renovation project, thanks to our dear mentors and guests, Matt and Cherrish Beals. Both Islanders, they purchased the Marshall House property in Niagara Falls in January of this year, intending to preserve its history while operating it as a unique bed-and-breakfast. Completed in 1913, the Marshall House was built by James Marshall, a well known philanthropist and businessman, and is listed today on the National Register of Historic Places.

While preparing for the grand opening on Memorial Day last month, Cherrish contacted us to assist her with the overall design and layout of four rooms in the Marshall House, those that will be open to tourists from all over the world. We were elated beyond words. What an amazing opportunity to share our skills and learn about local history, which also connected to US History during the 20th Century! For example, we handled checkbooks from two banks dating back to the 1890s, original contracts dating back to pre-World War I, original documents from the United Nations post World War II, and so many other amazing artifacts.

There was also a replica guest list for a dinner that Mr. Marshall attended in 1898 in Niagara Falls, which was attended by Nikolai Tesla and Thomas Edison!

We have collected many pictures from this project and dedicated an entire page (with a full slideshow) on our website; however, please note that you must see this place in person to believe the enormous impact it has had on our nation’s history and the fact that it’s so close to home!

Finally, our greatest honor came when Ellen Burd, the great-granddaughter of Mr. Marshall, came for the grand opening and thanked us personally for taking such good care of her family’s history. That sentiment alone moved us to tears. We are so honored to be of service and this project was truly an epitome of that example.

Use this link to take a look at all the pics.

With immense gratitude and tremendous honor,

Fahim & Seema Mojawalla, Co-Owners

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