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Cultural Trust Historic Preservation Grant
Grant Award:
Grant Recipient:
National Society of Colonial Dames in America, New
The original Peachfield was constructed by the Burr family in two campaigns, 1725 and 1732 and owned by the Burrs for 200 years.  A 1929 fire destroyed the roof and millwork, leaving three stone walls standing. The Harkers commissioned a full “restoration” by architect R.B Okie in the Colonial Revival style, and the house retains a very high degree of integrity to this period, a fine example of this architectural style and of Okie’s work.  The house sits on a 100 acre site, part of which is leased for agricultural purposes and part leased to the neighboring golf course, and reflects the house’s historic role as farmstead for 300 years.  The building is open to the public by appointement and for special lectures, events and exhibits.

The grant helped fund the reconstruction of the stone terrace and construction of an accessible ramp to make the first floor of the house fully accessible.  During construction, the project uncovered a brick-lined well, which is now a historic feature at the site.