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I have read about Black Dog Salvage located in Roanoke countless times over the years and always thought that it would be a place that I would enjoy visiting. This company rescues and then sells architectural treasures from historic homes and businesses that are being demolished.
I didn’t realize until this past spring that wanting to visit Black Dog Salvage would lead to a family connection.
My grandmother didn’t talk much about her side of the family. The only two things that I remember her telling me about her grandfather was that she liked to go visit him because he would give her money and that he was a stonemason. I once jotted a note to myself that his house was just before a bridge and beside a laundry mat. I’m not familiar with Roanoke, so this didn’t mean a lot to me, but I kept that slip of paper, just in case. I learned this spring that his house is still standing and that Black Dog Salvage is now located in the old laundry mat.
Yesterday Mama and I visited Black Dog Salvage and I saw my great-great grandfather’s house for the first time.
This post from the Black Dog Salvage’s blog has information about the house. It was built my Michael Grosso (my great-great grandfather) and Joe Grosso (his son) in 1911 using surplus stone from their projects around Roanoke. I wish that my dad and grandmother were still alive so that I could ask questions about these relatives about which I know so little.
I copied the picture below from the Black Dog blog. It fascinates me because they are family about which I know very little. According to my aunt, the lady second to the left is my grandmother’s Aunt Lizzie Driscoll with her family. They lived in a house across the street that is now gone. Can you imagine having fourteen children?? The youngest girl in the photo is still alive. She became a nun and is now being cared for by her order in Nazareth, KY.
I’ll be back tomorrow to share with you some of the architectural treasures found at Black Dog Salvage.