The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 28, 2001


Carlisle Historical Society takes up residence on Concord Street

The Carlisle Historical Society qualified as the town's newest residents on September 14 by closing on the 698 Concord Street property. The society, with around 160 members, plans to catalog and then display the town's historical collection here.

"We look forward to returning the historical collection to public access," said Charlie Forsberg, society president. "It's spent two and a half years in storage since the library started rebuilding. Now there's a place to put it."

Commonly known as Coppermine Farm, the site was originally called the Captain Samuel Heald Homestead. Directors of the historical society plan to call the property by its original name. Heald built the original property between 1740 and 1780. The name Coppermine has only been associated with the site for eighteen years.

The house consists of a living room, dining room, parlor, kitchen, and bedroom on the ground floor, and four bedrooms on the upper floor. Most rooms date back to the original house although the large entry way is new. In very good condition, the house is ready for occupancy.

"The interior has been cleaned, and is ready for the collection to move in," said Forsberg. "The outside is in reasonable order, but the barn needs painting."

If Forsberg sounds anxious for the historical collection to take up its new residence, it's with good reason. He, along with collection archivists Stephanie Upton and Sarah Brophy, currently field all requests to access the materials and patiently explain that everything is in storage. After the move, an answering machine on site will handle the calls until the materials are ready for viewing.

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito