Smith Farm at Borderland is deeply grateful to the Town of Easton, Easton's Community Preservation Committee, and the townspeople who stayed past midnight at the Annual Town Meeting to discuss and vote on all the important warrant articles, but we are especially grateful to those who stayed until the wee hours of the morning to vote on our CPA request for exterior renovation support of the historic Asahel Smith Farmhouse on our property. As noted at the town meeting, it has been a long, but exciting journey to complete exterior renovations of the Asahel Smith Farmhouse. We were grateful to CPA for 2017/18 funding, which was used to complete several important exterior projects, including; the installation of cedar clapboard & white cedar shingles; the completion of roof repairs, porch repairs and the installation of new railings for our front porch; and the purchase and installation of a wooden front door. It was our hope that the 2017/18 grant of $49,500 from CPA would complete exterior projects, but historic materials are expensive (especially cedar shingles and clapboard)! With our return for 2019/20 CPA funds and a construction partner (Sticks & Stones) who has provided us with solid pricing for materials approved by the Historic Commission, we are confident that this final round of CPA funding will complete the exterior, including renovation and installation of wooden gutters, window frames, final porch repairs and purchase and installation of the remaining exterior wooden doors. Please rest assured that we are working closely with the Town of Easton and Sticks & Stones to stretch every CPA dollar provided — being efficient and wise stewards of the funding you have provided us. Once complete, we will turn our attention to fundraising efforts from private sources to complete the interior so we can reopen the Asahel Smith Farmhouse as a space that preserves the history of Smith Farm while allowing us to move forward with modern and innovative programs that address holistic trauma recovery for veterans in our shared community. Again, THANK YOU for your trust and belief in us! We are humbled, honored and grateful!
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