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Cranberry Substation Restoration Complete

I f you’ve been at Whitesbog this summer, you may have seen restoration taking place on the Cranberry Substation. The substation, a kit building from the 1918, was originally constructed to house cranberry extension entomologists under the leadership of Dr. Charles S. Beckwith who were studying insect pests of cranberry. In later years, when the research offices had moved to Pemberton, the Substation was converted into a small cottage that was a residence for year round workers at Whitesbog. During that period it had a small shed addition added on the rear to house a kitchen and utilities. This small cottage was used as a residence until Whitesbog was purchased by the state in 1970. It was subsequently vacant and fell into a serious state of disrepair.

This summer, one of our restoration contractors, Al Morrison, began the process of restoration. Depending on when you saw it this summer you may have see the building with no roof. You may have seen it with the addition removed. You may have seen it with one back quarter (that was rotted away) completely gutted. You may have seen it with some of the interior walls gone. By late August however, it was

completely reassembled and looks almost exactly









as it The

Trust, along with the PINES program see the


as a great research and

opportunity for cranberry culture

interpreting cranberry at Whitesbog. We hope

to furnish reproduce period.

it as the 1920s field station that it was agricultural and extension photos from

and that

Restoration on the Substation was funded by a grant from the 1772 Foundation. The 1772 Foundation, head- quartered in Pomfret, Connecticut, is a non-profit organization that funds historic preservation of historical structures with particular emphasis on farming, industrial development, transportation, and unusual historical buildings.


Annual Membership Drive

O ur annual membership drive begins this month, and you are part of it! When I consider this initiative, I recognize that there are three ways to grow the Trust through membership:

1) Don’t lose the members we have!

If you are a member, we want you to know that we appreciate your being a member. Don’t even think about not renewing! We need you and treasure you! As a special initiative in this area, we’re making a sincere effort to invite lapsed members to re-enroll.

2) Increase membership contribution levels!

During the last year, a pleasant number of people upped their contribution levels. Hurrah for you folks! Keep up the good work and consider raising your contribution level even further. These are tough financial times, but we are working hard to make your dollars work hard. Your membership helps us restore our buildings and improve our programming.

3) Bring in new members!

We gained about 15% in membership last year. That’s great, but I know we can do so much more. The Trust has many programs and activities to offer and our Newsletter always features articles of historical interest. If you are receiving this Newsletter and are already a member, consider giving a gift membership to a son, daughter, parent, friend, or relative. By introducing others to Whitesbog you will enrich their lives and ensure that Whitesbog Village will be preserved for generations to come.

A great many things were accomplished at Whitesbog this year, the most notable and visible of which is the restoration of the Cranberry Substation. This building will soon become an important location for displays interpreting Whitesog’s cranberry history.

But what’s next? 2009 promises to be an even more successful year. Expect to see a major restoration at the Barrel Factory, ongoing improvements at Suningive, and work on the cottages near the parking lot. Membership dollars allow us to pursue these projects and many others. We need YOU!

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    Stephanie Schrader -

Membership Committee Chair

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