Grant to aid museum restoration
Published 4:19 pm, Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The Kent Historical Society has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the 1772 Foundation.
The organization applied for the grant earlier this year through the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to replace the clapboard siding on the Seven Hearths Museum in Kent.
This grant adds momentum to the extensive program of restoration and improvement underway at Seven Hearths, according to Brian Thomas, executive director of the KHS.
The new siding will protect the entire building and return Seven Hearths to the way its exterior looked in the Colonial era.
The project is scheduled to be completed this fall.
“We are delighted that our grant application was successful,” Thomas said. “It’s a vote of confidence in the care we’ve taken to make sure the restoration is done properly.”
Bruce Whipple is the chairman of the society’s building and grounds committee and has been guiding the planning for this project.
“In addition to replacing the clapboards to their original dimensions, the scope of work also includes replacement of beaded edge corner boards, water table boards, the original cornice and moldings,” Whipple said.
Whipple said “two doorways, on the southern and eastern facades, that were covered over will be restored and put back in use, and a window will be moved back to its original location in the back eastern parlor that was supplemented with an additional window in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.”
“Hand forged, wrought iron, square nails will be used in the construction,” Whipple noted.
“We are grateful to have the accomplished and trained historical expertise of Jeffrey Morgan and Roger Gonzales on our board to supervise the project management of the construction phase this fall,” he said.
Call the museum at 860-927-4587 or visit kenthistoricalsociety.org.