Officials say yes to White Chimneys' weddings proposal
BY JOHN FRIEL, Correspondent
White Chimneys, Gap's historic 18th-century mansion, has been a tavern, a home, a museum and an antique store. Its latest incarnation: a wedding venue.
At its meeting April 23, Salisbury Township's Zoning Hearing Board approved a request from White Chimneys' owners, Anthony and Jessica LaCorte, to hold "colonial wedding" ceremonies and receptions in a refurbished tobacco barn.
The LaCortes already were approved to hold weddings in a colonial setting outdoors at 5117 Lincoln Highway, but they wanted an indoor option for bad weather.
Mrs. LaCorte said the business began after an antique shop customer asked if she could get married there. After that, she said, "more and more people kept coming." Last year, the old homestead hosted 30 ceremonies.
Lisa Horst, president of Lancaster County Historic Preservation Trust, told the board the LaCortes "have done a great job with the property" and the Trust supports their plans.
Andrea Lingenfelter of the Salisbury Township Historical Society agreed. "They've done a fine job (preserving) its historic character."
Board Chairman Larry Martin called the LaCortes' presentation "well-prepared. I wish every case came before us like this."
The mansion itself is not open to the public. Mrs. LaCorte said the huge house is "truly a home again" to the couple and their six children.