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Journey's End: The Turner Homestead in Grafton, VT
The Preservation Trust is working on an exciting project to preserve and interpret Journey's End, the homestead of African American Daisy Turner in Grafton, Vermont.
The work is part of a cooperative effort of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, the Division for Historic Preservation, the Fish and Wildlife Department at the Agency of Natural The Vermont Electric Cooperative, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and VELCO.
Journey's End was so named because it represented the happy conclusion of the difficult journey of Daisy's father, an escaped slave and Civil War Veteran, to Vermont. Alec Turner successfully farmed, logged and raised a large family at this hill farm using the traditions he learned at the Virginia plantation where he was a slave.
Birchdale Camp at the Daisy Turner Homestead, Grafton, VT
Birchdale Camp, built in 1911, is the lone remaining building on the site, although the foundations of the main house, the original log building and several outbuildings remain as important archeological resources. The site is significant on a state and national level for its association with African American history.
Feasibility studies estimate it will cost about $250,000 for the preservation and interpretation of the property. The Preservation Trust is looking for an owner or steward who will purchase or lease the Birchdale Camp plus the surrounding five acres, and make it available for public visitation. For more information, please contact Eric Gilbertson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Preservation in Progress
The Preservation Trust of Vermont is embarking on a new effort to help communities throughout the state increase awareness and maintain momentum with their local projects. "Preservation in Progress" will be a new area of our website that will offer easily accessible information about preservation projects throughout the state, as well as information about how to contribute to these important efforts. If you are interested in having your project included, please contact Meg Campbell at email@example.com.
Statewide Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference
Mark your calendars for this year's statewide Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference on Friday June 8, 2012 in Wilmington, Vermont.
This conference is a partnership among the Vermont Downtown Program, the Division for Historic Preservation and the Preservation Trust of Vermont. More information coming soon!
2012 Preservation Retreats
The Preservation Trust of Vermont hosts two-day Preservation Retreats at the Grand Isle Lake House from Spring through Fall. Retreats are for groups undertaking historic preservation and community development projects.
Preservation Retreat at the Grand Isle Lake House.
Participating groups present a ten minute case study about a project they're working on. The case study frames a question or problem that needs to be solved to advance their project. Two to three people typically attend from each group.
Leaders, participants and special guests share ideas, identify funding opportunities and technical assistance resources, and move projects forward.
2012 Retreats have been scheduled for:
May 21-22: Retreat will include lead safe training and lead certification; the cost will be higher.
June 11-12: Redundant Churches with Tuomi Forrest
July 24-25: TBA
September 17-18: TBA
October 15-16: TBA
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking Community Gathering Places Business Models
Help! Please send us examples of community, cooperative, or individually owned businesses that are village-scaled breakfast/lunch gathering places and feature local farm-fresh food.
We are working with property owners that are exploring business models for a community breakfast/lunch gathering place. The owners are not interested in starting or running the business, but they are willing to make their building available at low rent to an operator and to help finance and develop this sort of community gathering place. We'd like to share examples of other places, whether individual, cooperative or community-supported enterprise.
Thank you in advance for your feedback! For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Poultney Episcopal Churches: Community Meeting February 13
The Preservation Trust of Vermont is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese and the St. John's/Trinity Vestry to seek a compatible and sensitive community uses for Trinity Church in Poultney and St. John's Church in East Poultney. The Preservation Trust will host a community meeting on February 13th to seek input and interest concerning the two historic churches. For more information, please contact Ann Cousins: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-343-8180.
In support of community efforts to save the Bridport Hearse House -- a small garage used specifically for housing hearses -- the Preservation Trust is trying to get a count of remaining hearse houses in Vermont. Besides Bridport, we know about survivor hearse houses in Bakersfield, Corinth, and Stowe. Any others? Please contact email@example.com.