Work begins on Peters House interior in Hebron
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., May. 14, 2013
“The Peters House at the entrance to Burnt Hill Park is slowly returning to its early magnificent appearance,” said Mary Ann Foote from the Hebron Historical Society and the Historic Properties Commission. Exterior restoration and painting has been supported by a state STEAP (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) grant allocated for the town of Hebron in 2009. “That grant, plus another provided by the 1772 Foundation, has paid for all work done on the house to date,” said Foote.
To continue the restoration, the town of Hebron is working with the Historic Properties Commission to coordinate the volunteer phase on the interior of the house, according to Foote. “There will be tasks appropriate for individuals at all levels of expertise,” she said. Early work will include the removal of kitchen cabinets, the demolition of some modern paneling as well as added wall partitions, and the removal of tacks and nails from added floor coverings. “Once those jobs are completed, we will have the house back to its original skin,” said Foote.
Following the demolition stage, volunteers will be needed to spackle, paint, restore flooring, complete wainscoting, re-point masonry and work on exterior yard and garden beautification. “For more experienced craftspeople, there will be the opportunity to construct a staircase, to replace boards and molding around fireplaces and to make other structural alterations,” said Foote.
“The goal of these efforts is to return the appearance of the main house to its original circa 1790 appearance, and the ell to about 1750,” continued Foote. It is the plan of the Board of Selectmen to use the Peters House for historical exhibit and educational purposes as well as for community meetings and other functions, according to Foote.
An “opening day” work party was scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, to complete initial demolition on the interior of the property. The second work day is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 7:30 to 9:30. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A Facebook page has been set up for the restoration at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peters-House-Restoration/543965448987505. “We plan to use it for work postings, updates, progress pictures, whatever,” said Foote. “Do go to the site, ‘like’ us, and tell others about us.”
Read more about the historic significance of the Peters House here: http://historicbuildingsct.com/?p=7489.