August 2017----The restoration of the Pullen Corner School House got a big boost with the award of a $10,000 grant from The Rhode Island Foundation last month. The grant was part of the Foundation's Community Grant program in which some 30 projects across the state were selected to receive $225,000. The largest grant amount was $10,000. The funds are earmarked for the finishing aspects to the restoration, including lighting, interpretative signage, stove, outdoor bell, school benches, and displays.
We were not only excited to learn of our successful grant application, but also delighted that our school house project was selected to be showcased among all the projects in a ceremony at Chase Farm Park announcing the grants. The event took place on July 12th. Kathy Hartley, president of Friends of Hearthside, stated “It was a wonderful opportunity to introduce our historic sites to officials from corners of Rhode Island. And needless to say, everyone was impressed with all that Great Road has to offer, and the recent developments to make it even more of a destination for enjoying and discovering history.”
The 1850 Pullen Corner Schoolhouse was moved to the town-owned Chase Farm Park in 2015. Funding was provided by the Lincoln Celebration Committee from the proceeds of sales of town ornaments over the past 20 years. Town residents also voted for expenditure of funds in the town budget to support the move and restoration.
The Friends of Hearthside has been overseeing the restoration of the historic building, and will be spearheading the programming to take place at the schoolhouse. The set up will not restrict its use as a classroom, as the intent is to have it be used for a variety of purposes, including cultural performances, art exhibits, civic meetings, as well as for tour groups and school field trips.
Also known as the “Hot Potato School”, the Pullen Schoolhouse joins the other historical buildings at Chase Farm Park which includes the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop and Moffett Mill. The Town of Lincoln is constructing a Visitor Center on site as well which will provide restroom facilities, a community room, and picnic table pavilion, making a full-day excursion to the park possible.
Expected completion of the schoolhouse and Visitor Center is Fall 2017.
For more information, contact John Scanlon at firstname.lastname@example.org.