The Portland Press Herald reports on the efforts to save the Burnham Farmhouse and the Lunt Farmhouse in Arundel, Maine:
When she sees the date above its front door — 1795 — she considers the history of an edifice erected in the aftermath of the American Revolution that remains standing today, albeit 6 feet higher than it did last month.
The Burnham farmhouse has been lifted onto wooden supports. Eddy could walk under it without bumping her head.
“I love that house,” Eddy said, “and I would hate to see it go.”
Fear not. After 216 years in the spot chosen by Nathaniel Currier to build a home that would stay in his family for two centuries, the Burnham farmhouse is being prepared to travel half a mile west. If all goes according to an ambitious Arundel Historical Society plan, workers will move another 18th-century farmhouse east the same distance to share a 3-acre parcel on the south side of Route 111 — also known as the Alfred Road — that will include a historic barn and a new structure to house the society, its artifacts and archives.
The Lunt farmhouse dates back to 1798. The new site, on the south side of Alfred Road near the intersection with Limerick Road, borders the Lunt family cemetery and is easily visible from the main road . . .
Restoration plans for both farmhouses are in the works, but the immediate need is to get them to their new location before the snow flies.
The society drew up a budget of $210,400 for Phase I of what it calls the Burnham-Lunt Preservation Project. Efforts to raise the necessary funds continue Saturday morning with a yard sale at the Lunt farmhouse.
“Financial donations have been slow, but a number of folks have stepped forward and generously donated services,” der Kinderen said. “We’re really looking for people who are interested in saving these two old houses and establishing a community center. This is going to take some significant time, but we have a very clear vision of what we want to do and how it’s going to look when we’re done.”
That vision includes a semicircle of the restored farmhouses, an old English-style barn (with double doors on the side instead of the gabled end) in the process of being disassembled on the Burnham parcel, and a community center modeled after the North Chapel Church that once stood nearby. There, the society can hold meetings and display its historical treasures, currently distributed among the homes of the seven board members.