Collectible ornaments benefit Hazardville restoration
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Dec. 13, 2012
The Hazardville Institute Conservancy Society is selling the final limited-issue ornament in its 12-year series and recommends it to residents who are finishing off their holiday decorations or would like to give it as a gift. This year’s ornament features an early depiction of the Scitico Schoolhouse on Broad Brook Road.
“It’s been a successful way to keep some of the historical properties around Hazardville and from around Enfield top of mind for folks,” said Bill Lee, board member of the Hazardville Institute Conversancy Society, about the ornament series. “It turned out to be a great little collection and it’s at the point now where it can be all of somebody’s Christmas ornaments on their tree, and they look very nice.”
The Scitico School District was established in 1730 to educate children in Enfield’s eastern-most village along the Scantic River. The school was erected in 1854 by funds raised almost entirely by the growing population of women in the community. The building eventually served grades one through six on two floors before becoming home to Enfield’s Grange organization.
The ornament was commissioned by the Conservancy and was produced in America by Barlow Designs of East Providence, R.I. The collectible is set in brass, finished with a gold-trimmed bow and is currently on sale through Dec. 31. The $20 ornament is available at the Hazard Avenue branch of United Bank, and for the first time at Teaberry Treasures, located in the former Hazardville Hotel Building. E-mail and phone orders can be picked up at Century 21 AllPoints Realty. All of the sales will benefit the restoration and re-development of Hazardville’s village centerpiece building.
The building was saved from demolition in 1979 and remained vacant for a few decades until the current society formed to save the building. The society hopes to see the building re-opened as early as 2014 or 2015, with a probate court on the second floor and room on the first floor for community meetings and events, as well as retail space to pay for the property's upkeep.
To reserve an ornament, or if you have questions regarding the restoration effort, contact Bill Lee at 860-966-203 or Hazardville@cox.net.