CASTINE — The Castine Historical Society will finish painting the historic Abbott School this summer thanks to grants and donations.
Executive Director Lisa Simpson Lutts remarked, “Long-term preservation of this important historic structure that served such a vital role in Castine’s history is of utmost importance to the Castine Historical Society. We are proud to have undertaken this large project and thank all those that enabled the project to be completed.”
Last year, the historical society raised funds to paint the school’s façade, window trim, ornate cupola and south-facing wall. The total cost for this project exceeded $30,000.
The funds came from multiple sources. The historical society received a grant for $11,715 from the Davis Family Foundation. In addition, a grant for $10,000 came from the Belvedere Historical Preservation fund of the Maine Community Foundation.
Private donors provided additional funds to assist with the project. Thanks to the generosity of these granting organizations and individuals, the historic Abbott School will be preserved for future generations.
The Castine Historical Society preserves local history and hosts permanent and seasonal exhibitions in its Abbott School gallery located at 17 School St., Castine.
It also hosts lectures, walking tours of the town, house and garden tours and historic re-enactments. The Grindle House offices and research library located at 13 School St., Castine, are open year-round and researchers are welcome by appointment.
The school building, which the society bought in 1994, houses the society’s permanent and temporary exhibits.
For more information visit castinehistoricalsociety.org, call 326-4118, or email [email protected]