|MEET THE INNKEEPERS
~ Lester and Sharon in Sherlock Holmes - period costumes during a "mystery weekend"~
SHARON HOWE SWEETING is happy to return to her roots after nearly 40 years
away. Sharon graduated from Pine Valley Central School and received her A.B. in
English from Syracuse University. She also holds a MLS in Library Science from the
Catholic University of America, Washington DC. Sharon spent 15 years at the
Smithsonian Institution Libraries, where she was Gifts and Exchange Librarian, and
Special Assistant to the Director of Libraries for Programs. In 1983 Sharon followed
her husband to London, England, where she worked for Ambassador Charles H.
Price. Returning in 1987 to Washington, Sharon joined the Internal Revenue
Service. In 2005, she retired from the position of Legislative Librarian in the Office of
Sharon still has family in western New York, and is interested in developing the Inn
and especially her passion for all things related to Tea through her new venture -
Read Sharon's thoughts on: Life Amongst the Amish
LESTER H. SWEETING was born and grew up in Syracuse, New York, where he
graduated from Marcellus Central School. He held both an AB in History and Political
Science and a LL.B from Syracuse University. Lester was admitted to the Bar in the
District of Columbia in 1969. After law school, Les joined the Internal Revenue
Service in Syracuse, transferring to the National Office in Washington, D.C., in 1968.
He worked in the IRS' International Division for 15 years before transferring to
London as Assistant Revenue Service Representative in 1983. He served as Revenue
Service Representative for South America south of the Equator and Africa south of the
Sahara, with more than 50 countries in his territory, returning to the United States at
the end of 1987. Les then joined the staff of the Legislative Affairs Division of IRS in
1988, and in 1993, he transferred to the United States House of Representatives,
where he worked as senior counsel to the Honorable Matthew G. Martinez, D-CA,
until his retirement in 1996. On June 1, 1996, Les reported for duty as an employee
of then KPMG Consulting, Barents Group in Moldova (one of the former Soviet
Republics) where he spent the next three years as Chief of Party and tax advisor to
the Minister of Finance. He returned to the US in 1999, and spent two years based in
Washington but working in Latvia, Indonesia, Egypt, Macedonia, and other countries.
He became Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Macedonia Fiscal Policy project in
September 2001, and served there 3 years until October 2004. Lester also spent
extended stays in Egypt and Ammon, Jordan. He tragically lost his life on Feb. 5th
2008 in an automobile accident. He is greatly missed.
Sharon and Les (when he was not wandering the world or living in some distant land),
spent most of their lives in the Prince George's County suburb of Hyattsville, MD,
where, from 1981 until 2005, they were the proud owners of the Lewis F. Holden
House. This unique Victorian house is recorded in the Historic American Buildings
Survey and is a designated historic site under the Prince George's County Historic
Sites and Districts Plan. The house is one of the most prominent in the National
Register Historic District of Hyattsville. Les and Sharon were founding members of
the Hyattsville Preservation Association, of which Sharon served as President for a
number of years. Sharon also edited the HPA's Preservation Quarterly for more than
10 years. The Sweetings are Life Members of the Prince George's County Historical
Society, where Les served as President and Newsletter Editor and Sharon was
Newsletter Editor and a leading member of the Library committee managing the
Frederick S. DeMarr Memorial Library of County History from 1997 to 2005.
They acquired the Cherry Creek Inn in July 2005, and began entertaining guests two
short days after the moving van pulled away. As an attorney and trained accountant,
and self taught computer user, Les managed the business side of the Inn, while
Sharon is the people person and manages the rooms. Both contributed to the
preparation of breakfasts and teas.
Sharon has fallen in love with the George N. Frost House, and is ready to make your
visit to the Cherry Creek Inn a truly memorable experience.