The Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society recently applied for and received a CT State Historic Preservation Office Survey and Planning Grant to assess the condition of the barns on the Woodbridge town-owned Darling Family property. The results of the survey revealed that while the cow and horse barns are in good shape, the ice house requires some immediate stabilization work to keep it standing. The estimated cost to complete the urgent icehouse stabilization is $13,900. To do this AWHS is going to establish a building fund that will help complete the required work on the barns that is needed over the next 5 years.
To kick off the establishment of this fund, we have a very generous Woodbridge resident who has offered to match, dollar for dollar up to $5000 of donations! We are asking for your support to help us establish this fund so that we can take full advantage of this matching offer to raise a total of $10,000.
Don Menzies, a Past President of the AWHS says that “ AWHS is committed to preserving the history and buildings that make Woodbridge unique. The icehouse, all though the youngest of the buildings represents Woodbridge’s history of how life was met in the past. While the Town owns the entire complex of buildings and land at The Darling House site, the Historical Society has always been committed to the costs of maintaining and preserving the historic structures. AWHS will be applying for a number of other grants, most of which are matching grants. We are embarking on a long journey to fix all the buildings on the property.” As an all-volunteer organization, AWHS needs your help to get us there, either with a monetary contribution, or an offer to become a volunteer yourself for any safe but fun smaller projects that arise! PLEASE SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE AWHS, 1907 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge, CT 06525, knowing that we are very grateful for your help and support. Please visit www.woodbridgehistory.org for more information.