Restoration of the historic porch is complete! Opening for visits starting June 19A major project of the Rachel Carson Homestead restoration, Phase III – 2020-GEDTF-142 grant, funded in part by the Allegheny County, Gaming and Economic Development Tourist Fund (GEDTF) was restoration of the historic front porch.
We are pleased to have had the work completed by Uhl Construction of Allison Park, PA. Uhl Construction is a long-established industrial and commercial builder with experience in state-funded projects and design-build construction.
The scope of the project was developed from historic photos, with review and approvals by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
The porch has been completed and we are excited to share it with visitors soon. Exterior latex floor paint requires a lot of time to “cure,” so traffic will be restricted. It was easy to select an opening date: a group of young people who provide community service will help groom the Homestead grounds in the week of June 12.
The Carson house has been returned to the typical presentation of a “four over four” Pennsylvania German Farmhouse. The 1937+ addition is also further distinguished from the original historic farmhouse.
This was a significant project, involving moving and replacing utility lines and service boxes. We have the opportunity to re-work much of the “front yard,” particularly along the porch. Retaining as many of the valuable plantings as possible, there is still a major empty “palette” to work with. We look for experienced gardening volunteers to help new plants get established. An announcement about our philosophy for the grounds, along with an invitation for a brain-storming session, is coming soon – sign up on our Contact page for notification.
Local donors raised funds to help us purchase a new sign to replace the rustic bulletin-board that was deteriorated beyond salvaging. Several years ago we planned to offer engraved brick pavers for those who want to honor or memorialize someone or an organization. We are now ready to begin! Please watch for an announcement when we have finalized order forms and design options.
We look forward to a “grand re-opening” and hope all who appreciate Rachel Carson’s environmental legacy will enjoy and find inspiration in the physical reminder of her humble beginnings. We continue to offer educational opportunities, and look forward to more on-site programs.
Rachel’s editor, Paul Brooks, wrote that while Rachel was a private person, she never hesitated to describe the pleasure she took in the surroundings of her early home in Springdale, Pennsylvania.
Thanks to everyone who supported and continues to support the Rachel Carson Homestead. We don’t want you to miss any opportunities, so please stay connected.