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October 2021 Program
Celebrating 40 Years of Long Homestead Stewardship

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 7 PM
First United Methodist Church,
Main & Tremont Streets, North Tonawanda, NY
Free & Open to the Public. Bring a friend!

For over forty years, this Society has worked to share the historic Long Homestead, the oldest house in Tonawanda, with the public. Following three years of restoration work, the Homestead was opened for tours on June 1, 1980. Since then, countless tours have been conducted & events held. All have been done by dedicated Society volunteers. Recently, upgrades have been made to the facility. Hot water has been installed in the working kitchen & rest rooms. The kitchen has been outfitted with new cabinets & appliances, bringing it into the 21st century. The master bedroom curtains & carpets in the first floor rooms have been replaced after forty-one years of wear.

On October 13, Carole Barnard presented a pictorial history of the Homestead’s transformation from Jay’s Log Cabin, a local tavern, to an early 1800’s residence. Photos of various rooms, pre-restoration & current, demonstrated the remarkable changes which have taken place. The restoration is a stellar example of what can be accomplished through cooperation between City government & Society members. Under the guidance of Marge Bellinger, Tom Mileham & Willard Dittmar, the house again became a gracious 19th century family home.




Official Home:  The Historical Society of the Tonawandas, Inc.
Museum and General Office:  113 Main Street, Tonawanda, NY, 14150-2129
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