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Wilton Historical Society Receives Grant To Repaint Antique Buildings

The 18th and 19th structures at the Wilton Historical Society’s Museum Complex will be repainted thanks to a grant. Photo Credit: Contributed
Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – The 18th and 19th structures at the Wilton Historical Society’s Museum Complex will be repainted with the help of a matching grant from the 1772 Foundation and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

The $15,000 grant will underwrite the cost of painting the buildings, as well as carefully cleaning surfaces and restoring damaged areas prior to repainting.

All the buildings at the Museum Complex at 224 Danbury Road/Route 7 will be repainted in the next few months: the Betts House, the Burt Barn, the Fitch House, the Abbott Barn and the Abbott Blacksmith Shop. Preparation began the week of May 1.

“The grant from the 1772 Foundation and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has allowed us to move forward with badly needed exterior repainting and restoration of our antique buildings here at the Society” said Leslie Nolan, executive director of the Wilton Historical Society. “The damaging snow and wind we had this winter really took a toll. We are very grateful for the grant.”

The work is entrusted to Jimmy Marmanides of JM Painting of Norwalk. A painter skilled in working with historic structures, Marmanides painted the society’s antique structures at Cannon Corner in the fall.

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