Just had the opportunity of a lifetime fall into my lap. I have "inherited" my parents farm. This is an original farmstead. The house was built in 1842 and the barn shortly after that. The problem is that the house needs much work. The biggest short term problem is that the brick needs re pointed. I'm hoping to complete this by winter. I'm looking for ideas and suggestions on this project. For example I discovered that modern mortar may not be compatable with the mortar of the 19th century. Is there a website that could be of help in restoring a peice of history like this? Ideally it would be best hired out but that is out of the question right now for $$ reasons. Structurally this house appears to be very sound. No rotted sills or beams so I have caught it in time, however, a few more years in its present condition and it will be gone. BTW next spring My present homestead will be for sale. I will be selling house, 32x48 pole barn,pond,greenhouse,windmill and ten hilltop acres in east central Ohio.