The Homestead Restoration began several years ago, when worn siding was replaced with reclaimed wood, and original doors and windows were repaired or re-milled. A new grant will allow the restoration to continue this year starting with replacement of the roof.
The Rachel Carson Homestead is registered as a National Historic Site and with the Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation, but does not receive federal funding. The Rachel Carson Homestead Association is responsible for restoration, maintenance, and general repairs.
A new vision for the grounds was designed and implemented in 2015: the criteria are attractive, non-invasive, low-maintenance, and pollinator-friendly specimens.
Long-term plans include a visitor and education center.