The Newstead Historical Society acquired the Rich-Twinn Octagon House in 1981. Since that time, countless volunteer hours have resulted in the beautifully restored home that graces Main Street today. Those who have been residents of the area throughout this time period remember being called upon for their support at the time of acquisition. Businesses and individuals gave generously, and the society was able to accomplish a monumental goal: not only restoring the Rich-Twinn Octagon House, but also earning a place on the National Register of Historic Places, a designation earned in 1995. The society is eternally grateful to all who made this dream a reality. In addition, the Newstead Historical Society also operates the Knight-Sutton Museum at 123 Main Street, which is used for historic exhibits. We are fortunate to have this property as well, but it also needs to be properly maintained.
The Newstead Historical Society needs your support once again. It has now been over 30 years since we purchased this historic home, and several years since we’ve occupied the museum. Imagine your own home and the money that may have been spent on maintenance in 30 years. Couple that with the fact that the society cannot utilize many maintenance free materials that an individual may benefit from in preserving a private home, since we must strive to keep the house as authentic as possible. This makes preservation of such a home more labor and cost intensive than a home with vinyl siding, state-of-the- art roofing materials or energy efficient windows.
The society has done ongoing fundraising each year. However, analysis of recent needs has necessitated a capital campaign to help pay for maintenance that is called for at present. Please consider making a donation so that we may continue our mission of preserving our properties for future generations!
We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible. You may donate online, or print and mail in the donation form with a check. Thank you for your support!
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