Both Glenn and Frances grew up on farms in North Carolina, so hard
work is no stranger to them. Since childhood, both of them have had an interest in history, old houses, and things of the past. Each during their course of life can look back and see how their path was being laid out to reach “TYRO”.
Because of his parent's interest in antiques, Glenn began collecting antiques at an early age. In the Thompson room houses the first antique Glenn restored at the age of 14. It is an oak washstand that belonged to his great aunt. Since that time, Glenn has bought, refinished, and sold hundreds of antiques. Many of the antiques are now displayed in “TYRO”. Since marriage, Frances has worked along side Glenn in many projects. Frances has taken some classes in interior design and chose all the period colors for the walls of “TYRO”, and the window treatment styles and fabric, which is period. She also did all the interior decorating, including making the window treatments. Their latest project, the restoration of the 164 year old plantation home known as “TYRO”, was a true labor of love.
They also own Lexington Kitchen and Bath, a kitchen remodeling company and Glenn pastors a local church. Glenn minored in history in college, and is a noted historian in this area. He is also a gifted story teller and as you take the tour, he will entertain you with some stories of his past and of “TYRO”.
They have 5 children, Sonya
Enfinger, Tim Sanford, Marla Davids, Kevin Sanford, and Brian Sanford, as well as 5 grandchildren.
The Sanfords are very grateful for their blessings and desire to share the beauty of their home by offering tours to groups of 10 or more.