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Restoration of historic house excavating centuries-old ruins

Some 300 homes built before 1725 still stand across Massachusetts, helping to tell the story of the Bay State’s early settlers. In Canton, one of those homes has been restored for nearly 50 years, and the hard work will continue for several more years. “This project technically began in 1972 when a group of citizens came together to save the red house,” said George Comeau, a member of the Canton Historical Society, who is directing the restoration of Tilden House. small. The Little Red House is officially the home of Abigale and David Tilden. Today it is across the Pleasure Road from Canton’s Reservoir. “(Tilden) built this house in the fall of 1725 and it was an ongoing project. It was built over time,” Comeau said. At one point not too long ago it was described as “existing sawdust”. In 1999, the Canton Historical Society received a 25-year lease to convert and preserve the property. “Preservation is at the heart of everything we want to learn from the past to move forward,” Comeau said. In the course of their work, Comeau says the building has revealed a number of surprises. There’s wallpaper from the late 1700s, a hidden staircase, and three different kitchens. Most recently, they found something under the floorboards. “These signs appeared two weeks ago,” Comeau said. “And underneath we found the shoes.” Archaeologists will be called in to further examine the unearthed shoes and kitchenware. “The lesson learned is that conservation is important because it’s heritage. It’s our history and it tells us where we’ve been and where we’ve gone,” Comeau said. At an estimated cost of $1.1 million, the restoration of Tilden House is expected to be completed in time for the house’s 300th birthday in 2025.

Some 300 homes built before 1725 still stand across Massachusetts, helping to tell the story of the Bay State’s early settlers.

In Canton, one of those homes has been restored for nearly 50 years, and the hard work will continue for several more years.

“This project technically began in 1972 when a group of citizens came together to save the little house,” said George Comeau, a member of the Canton Historical Society, who is leading the restoration of the red house. Red. House of Tilden.

The Little Red House is officially the home of Abigale and David Tilden. Today it is across the Pleasure Road from Canton’s Reservoir.

“(Tilden) built this house in the fall of 1725 and it was a span project. It was built over time,” Comeau said.

Over the centuries, time has influenced the house. At one point not long ago, it was described as “standing sawdust.”

In 1999, the Canton Historical Society hired for 25 years to convert and preserve the property.

“Preservation is at the heart of everything we do. We want to learn from the past to move forward,” Comeau said.

In the course of their work, Comeau says the building has revealed a number of surprises. There’s wallpaper from the late 1700s, a hidden staircase, and three different kitchens.

Most recently, they found something under the floorboards.

“These signs appeared two weeks ago,” Comeau said. “And below we find the shoes.”

Archaeologists will be called in to take a closer look at the shoes and kitchen utensils that have been unearthed.

“The lesson learned is that conservation is important because it’s heritage. It’s our history and it tells us where we’ve been and where we’ve gone,” Comeau said.

At an estimated cost of $1.1 million, the restoration of Tilden House is expected to be completed in time for the house’s 300th birthday in 2025.

https://www.kcra.com/article/tilden-house-canton-massachusetts-restoration-project-archaeology/38431803 Restoration of historic house excavating centuries-old ruins

JOE HERNANDEZ

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