A local teenager who’s a real history buff is trying to raise awareness of a historical gem in her own town. We went to Westlake to find out how, in this week’s Romona’s Kids.
Carolyn Bedell is doing her Girl Scout Gold Award project on the Lilly Weston House on Center Ridge Road near the entrance to the Westlake Recreation Center.
She came up with an informational display, to teach people about the history behind the home. It also needs a lot of repairs, and the Westlake Historical Society would need to raise the money to do the work.
"It’s in dire need of restoration, the floors are going out, there’s water damage and we would like to get to the point where it can be used as a museum or as a public hall for people to use, said Bedell. “Not a lot of girls actually earn their gold award and I feel that’s a huge thing, a lot of colleges look for that; I feel like we should push girls to move past that, because Girl Scouting is more than just selling cookies.”
Bedell would like to someday write a book about the Lilly Weston House.
She has been volunteering with the Westlake Historical Society for the past three years.