I am needing to reach out to you because for 3 years, the Stone-Otis House has needed painting but the job that was scheduled was cancelled because Paul Foley, a competent restoration carpenter, told me and our First Selectman that there is a leak in the northeast corner which is making the wall damp and popping the paint. This has caused the ceiling in the bedroom and bathroom downstairs damage with its paint peeling.
Although the house has not been open to the public in the summer for two years, that fact is irrelevant because the house needs to be saved and not neglected by the town that owns it.
The Orange Historical Society did receive a grant for the painting 2 years ago, a grant which we did not have to apply for but did for the sake of the building and to save the town money but we had to decline it because of the extensive repairs that Paul Foley identified.
We at the historical society have committed 15 years to the Bryan-Andrew house, as promised and all our funding efforts except the paint for the Stone-Otis House have been in that house.
Even though the town owns it as well, we made the promise to restore it and that we have done and are still doing!
I would like to ask that you contact our First Selectman about finding funding to repair this 1830 house as I don’t see that this is being thought about, in fact, I feel that it is being neglected with forethought.
President, Orange Historical Society