August 29, 2017
About 15 months ago, after learning from a chimney repair crew that our roof was bad, the Hebron Historical Society undertook the challenge of raising funds to replace it.
How much money would be needed? Our first quote for cedar shingles was for $41,000. Wow! We set a goal of $50,000 (which would cover roof and exterior painting), and developed a plan. Within 3 months we had raised $10,000 in contributions, ranging from $50.00 to $1,000.00. To both encourage and thank the initial donors, Kelly Whitesell and Jim Mirakian contributed their talents for “A Summer’s Afternoon Delight” concert. Refreshments were provided by Gina Marie’s, and a wonderful (but hot) time was had by all.
Other fundraising included a jazz concert by “Quintessential”, the sale of t-shorts, mugs & ornaments (cost of which was covered by Forever Young), profit from “Lost Mill Sites in Hebron” book, coffee can change collection from local businesses, plus additional donations from friends and businesses.
A grant was sought from the 1772 Foundation, but the group must have deemed our request unnecessary because it was denied. As it turned out, the 1772 Foundation was right – we didn’t need their help.
After studying cedar vs. asphalt shingles:
1- The last cedar roof lasted for only 20 years,
2- Present asphalt roofs can last for 50 years,
3- Architectural asphalt shingles cost MUCH less than cedar,
4- The answer was obvious, and all we needed was a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Properties Commission since OTH is a designated Hebron Historic Property.
Everything was accomplished – we were granted the “COA”; we received a very friendly bid from Klaus Larsen; we signed the contract; and the new roof is waiting for you to view it.
But we're not finished yet. The next step in our building improvement is exterior paint. The north and east sides are in need of prep and paint while the other sides presently look great. The cupola and weathervane also need a little brightening. For those who missed the opportunity to contribute to the initial fundraising, and have asked about it, the capital campaign pledge form can be found on the HHS website at http://