Grand Opening of the Dutch Wagon House addition celebrated after 8 years

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The official Grand Opening of the Wagon House Addition to the Great Barrington Historical Society Museum took place on Saturday, October 15 with refreshments and a PowerPoint presentation of the reconstruction documenting the long journey to success from its beginning in 2014.


Condition of the Dutch Wagon House in 2014

After eight years of intense renovation work, we are ready to place the addition “on line” to serve the Society and the people of Great Barrington. We’ve come a long way in our transformation of this mid-eighteenth century structure as you can see in the photo!


We celebrated and honored the work and contributions of many people that have toiled to make this day possible. The project was funded primarily from Community Preservation Act grants and the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust.


Visitors were fascinated by the newly-restored (but non-working!) privy which had been moved from the lawn to its permanent home adjoining the Wagon House on the north wall. It opens to the large room using the original privy door. Also finished has been an extensive and very necessary repair to the farmhouse chimney, as seen on the far right photo.