Recipe for Restoration

Watch Doug Plummer’s TEDxFMCC Talk “Recipe for Restoration”

The story of the revival of the American Hotel, Sharon Springs, and a community itself, told with humor and grace by Doug Plummer.

Doug Plummer grew up in Fairview Village, PA and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from New England College in Henniker, NH and Arundel, Sussex England. After graduation, Doug moved to New York City to pursue a career in the theatre, eventually working full time for Glorious Food, a catering company, which taught him some valuable skills and prepared him for a future unknown career in hospitality. Doug’s acting roles include being cast as an orderly on the soap opera Another World, and a stint as the 75th anniversary Nestlé’s Morsel. After 10 years in NYC, Doug and his husband Garth Roberts decided to give upstate NY a try. In 1993 Doug and Garth opened their first business, The Rockville Café, in Sharon Spring which had a 7 1/2 year run, and prepared them for their next adventure, the restoration of the abandoned American Hotel, a catalyst for the revitalization of Sharon Springs, where Doug has served as a village trustee and mayor. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at