By Carole Barnard
While no one really knows what the COVID restrictions will be this summer, a return to greater normalcy is likely. Reopening the Homestead will probably feature some form of mask mandate, group limits and social distancing.Current docents are being surveyed for their input on procedures and new docents recruited. In addition to routine Spring cleaning, hot water is being piped to the kitchen and rest rooms, appliances are being replaced (as are the fifty year old master bedroom curtains) and paint is being touched up. Last Autumn, City crews cleaned and trimmed the flower beds in front of the building. In the not distant future, an access road will be constructed from Delaware Street. along the back of the property. Work on the pedestrian bridge is also planned. The herb garden continues to be a source of pride and a popular place for photos. It is hoped that the kitchen improvements will enhance our ability to host functions, thereby increasing the number of people who visit this historic treasure.
Regular Sunday hours (1 to 4 PM with the last tour at 3:15) begin May 30. If a reservation is made by contacting Carole Barnard, tours can be arranged for any day from May 1 through September 30. Help is needed whether as a docent, gardener or general volunteer. Interested readers should contact Carole Barnard (716-913-3452 or email@example.com) for more information.