NEWINGTON - The Deming-Young Farmhouse may be the townâ€™s most historic structure, but its present and future is boundless.
The farmhouse, located at 282 Church St., has hosted activities all summer and even more are planned this fall.
â€śWeâ€™ve been quite busy,â€ť said David Goodale, president and founder of the Deming-Young Farm Foundation. â€śNow that we have the go-ahead to open on a permanent basis weâ€™ve been trying to do at least one event each month.â€ť
What he means is that a ramp was recently installed along the back of the house, making it handicapped-accessible to visitors. A motion-sensor light also went up by the entrance. These improvements mean everything to a foundation thatâ€™s been working to raise enough money for them for decades.
A Tag Sale coming up this Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. should help raise additional monies for more work needed on the property. The event is set to take place on the front lawn, with parking available in a circular driveway to the right. The rain date is Sept. 14.
â€śWe have some interesting things weâ€™re going to try to sell,â€ť Goodale said, walking around the front parlor of the house, where items have been collecting over the last few weeks - donations from the community and outsiders.
There are antique furnishings and jewelry and various other knick-knacks to be priced accordingly. Inside the house is an Estey Organ from the latter part of the 19th century, carved with intricate details. The foundation has been trying to sell it for years.
In August volunteers hosted an Open House to showcase the collection of vintage newspapers found inside the walls and beneath the floor of the farmhouse. They included a 1939 issue of the New Britain Herald and a 1971 issue of the Newington Town Crier.
The July Open House featured milk bottles from former Newington dairies, including Rowley, Mohawk Farms and Meadow Brook Farmâ€™s O.M. Young Dairy. The Connecticut Office of Tourism hosted its 2019 Open House Day on June 8 and the Deming-Young Farm was one of many venues to participate.
Visitors from all across the state showed up to tour the farmhouse. There was a bake sale and a demonstration by historical re-enactor George Crede, dressed as a Revolutionary War soldier and displaying artifacts from that era.
â€śWe had a wonderful turnout and even made a little bit of money,â€ť Goodale pointed out.
The exterior of the farmhouse has benefited from ongoing activities. In addition to the ramp, the whole north side of the house has been restored, with new clapboard siding and stain.
Next in line is the west side and the upper part of the south side. After that, the exterior will be complete.
On the foundationâ€™s wish list â€“ years down the road - members hope to tackle renovations on the second floor of the house, which is not currently open to visitors. Goodale dreams of leading Colonial tours on the first floor and Victorian-era tours on the second floor.
â€śWeâ€™re trying to do an awful lot for the public with a shoestring budget,â€ť he said. â€śThe foundation has very little money. Any money we do raise goes right back into the house.â€ť
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go:
WHAT: Deming-Young Farm Foundation Tag Sale
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
WHERE: 282 Church St., Newington