The time has come for ALIWA to address some significant work that is needed to maintain the historic Wilder home and the barns. While supporters have been very generous over the years and visitor numbers continue to increase, other increased costs of operating the homestead do not allow us to accumulate the funds necessary to address costly maintenance needs. There is significant roof repair needed on the replica barns. The house has been suffering from drainage issues that, if not corrected, will continue to create excess moisture in the house, which has already begun to result in rot. The fix for this will require extensive ground and, possibly, well work to be done, as well as repair and mitigation efforts in the house itself. We have begun working with local architect, Tim McCarthy, to manage these projects.
The ALIWA board is most appreciative of a grant that the Wilder Homestead was awarded this year from the office of New York State Senator, Betty Little. This $50,000 was granted specifically for capital improvements and will be used toward the house and barn projects.
The Association’s long range plans include the addition of historically appropriate buildings to the site. We recognize the need to avoid stagnation and to keep the homestead and its programs ever evolving to continue to be a significant source of education and interest to visitors. The association is utilizing the expertise of Tim McCarthy to develop a full site plan that will include additions such as an ice house and out house, and will address the all encompassing vision for the Wilder site going forward into the future. Our hope is that our current fundraising campaign will provide seed funds for future projects once the mandatory building repairs are completed.
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