DONATION ENABLES HORSE-DRAWN EQUIPMENT PURCHASE
Horse-Drawn Equipment Building Planned = October 2009, Completed 2012
The Museum has received a gift of $74,250 to be used as seed-money for the construction of a building to house horse-drawn equipment. The funds were provided by the family of P.E. Merrill, founder of the Merrill Transport Company through an advised grant from the Maine Community Foundation. The funds will be used to match other gifts earmarked for this new building. Details of the matching gift program will be released shortly. A committee will study design and construction options, guide fund-raising efforts, and consider possible architects. Their recommendations will be made to the Board of Trustees for action. From preliminary discussions, the building will have the recognized profile of a horse or carriage barn and provide approximately 4,000 square feet of secure display space. The building will be the first theme-based structure. Eventually, similar buildings may be erected for tractors, engines, steam power, or other subjects. These facilities will allow exhibition of a wide variety of these items in addition to those incorporated in the planned historical buildings or settings.
A timely gift in October 2007 of nearly $6,000 from Leon Goolden of Colton, NY has made possible the acquisition of several pieces of horse-drawn equipment. These were puchased by the Museum at the auction of items from the estate of Jim Washburn of Macomb, who had passed away earlier this year. Among the items purchased by the Museum were a two-horse treadmill, buggy, work wagon, and one-horse mower.