Restoration Effort

The Smokehouse is Working!

The Smokehouse is Working!

Updated 09/19/16 A Master Plan has been formulated for the Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead site to preserve the site and its resources. Three phases are anticipated.

Phase 1: Complete the stabilization of the buildings, to restore the exterior of the house and barn as well as the exterior and interior of the out kitchen. Open the site to public use for passive recreation, historic interpretation, events and exhibits.

Phase 2: Complete the restoration/rehabilitation of the house and adjoining outbuildings for public use and expand the use and interpretation of the site.

Phase 3: Complete the restoration/rehabilitation of the barn complex to allow it to be more fully used for events, exhibits and interpretation, as well as deferred items relating to the other buildings, and to continue interpretive development.

Phase 1 is currently in progress. Emergency stabilization of the farmhouse was completed from 2005-2007, of the barn from 2006-2008. In the period 2008-2014, WagonHouse A, B, and C were moved 30′ into the lot (away from the right-of-way of County Route 519) and were restored.  The exterior stone walls of the farmhouse and summer kitchen were restored.  Farmhouse exterior walls were repointed to complete the masonry restoration between 2013 and 2016.

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