The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 28, 2002


Heald Homestead is showered

The Captain Samuel Heald Homestead sparkled like an antique jewel last Sunday as members of the Carlisle Historical Society gathered to shower it with gifts.

The over 200-year-old Heald Homestead, which earlier this year became the historical society's new home, needed some basic supplies, as well as special materials to help preserve historical papers and artifacts. So the historical society invited its members to a shower! Generous guests contributed items ranging from two used computers to donations used for such items as wastebaskets and a garden hose. Over $1000 was donated to help maintain the gardens, purchase archival preservation materials, and for general maintenance of historical collections of both the town and society. Co-chairs of the event were Stephanie Upton and Ginny Mills. Volunteers Deborah Cassady and Sharon Connors helped install and document the artifacts in the collections. Board members provided refreshments that were served under a festive white tent in the garden.

Enjoying the sun-drenched afternoon, visitors to the Heald Homestead admired the recently pruned and weeded gardens and toured the house's two floors where the collections are displayed. Highlights include samplers from the early 1800s, period clothing belonging to old Carlisle families, a melodeon purchased in 1854 by the First Religious Society, Civil War relics, farm implements and tools.

Although the Heald Homestead is not open to the public, since its primary purpose is to house and preserve the historical collection, it will be open on occasion for historical society members as well as for special town events and, by appointment, to researchers.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito