ESSEX HERITAGE PARTNERSHIP GRANT PROJECT NOW COMPLETED -- come see the results!
TOURS EVERY SATURDAY (10-12 & 2-4), JULY 1 - AUGUST 26, 2017
LOCATION: 9 WESLEY PARK, ASBURY GROVE, SO.HAMILTON, MA
As described below, the Asbury Grove Historical Society has been repairing an 1880 summer cottage to represent cottage life in the late 1800s. The final stage (roofing and gingerbread replacement) was recently completed. Visit the "History Cottage" to learn the history of Asbury Grove, a Camp Meeting community founded in 1859, and walk the grounds to see over 120 original buildings now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Essex Heritage Partnership Grant awarded to Asbury Grove Historical Society
In February 2016 the Historical Society applied to Essex Heritage to receive a matching grant of $2,000 to help fund a new roof and repair/replace the gingerbread for the "History Cottage". This 1880 cottage is the Society's education and exhibit center for sharing Asbury Grove's remarkable history, and is open to the public during the summer season. Funding was awarded in April 2016, with the following press release from Essex Heritage:
Asbury Grove Historical Society
Through its restoration and interpretation of the “History Cottage,” the Asbury Grove Historical Society seeks to educate the public about daily life in a camp meeting community, circa 1900. Operating continuously since 1859, the Victorian-era cottage community in South Hamilton has a prominent role in the camp meeting movement. Over the past three summers society members have worked to stabilize and restore one of Asbury Grove’s 120 original buildings, a Carpenter Gothic-style summer cottage built in 1880. During the upcoming building season volunteers will use Essex Heritage funding to install a new, period appropriate roof and restore the cottage’s elaborate gingerbread ornamentation.