Brooks museum gets grant for barn

Jun 30, 2014

Brooks — Brooks Historical Society has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the Davis Family Foundation for materials for a timber-framed barn to be situated where the old barn once stood beside the historic Pilley House on Route 7, home of the Brooks Historical Society Museum.

The two-story barn, 26 feet by 36 feet, will be constructed by master timber framer Bud Menard of Jackson, who offered his services as an in-kind donation. As a young man, Menard studied with a master timber framer in Connecticut, and he has since built many timber-framed barns. The frame will be constructed in his shop, then assembled on site at the museum and raised in the spring of 2015.

There will be eight bays on the first floor for special displays of Brooks history. The second floor will be spacious, a place for activities as well as exhibits. With these ample display areas, it is hoped that large items used by early Brooks residents in the areas of farming, lumbering and manufacturing will be donated.

A few large monetary donations for the barn have been gratefully accepted. Since more funds are needed if the barn is to be ready for the Brooks Bicentennial of 2016, a capital campaign is underway.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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