Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant Level II
Grant Award: $376,130 (1992); $195,000 (2000); $10,380 (2001) Grant Recipient: Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center County: EssexMunicipality: Bloomfield
Oakeside was the home of the Oakes family, owners of the local textile factory and prominent citizens of Bloomfield. The house is a fine surviving example of a high style turn-of-the-century residence with formally landscaped Colonial Revival-style gardens and grounds that serve as a backdrop for numerous cultural events and horticultural learning activities.
A 2001 historic site management grant helped fund preparation of a maintenance plan for the restored landscape, creation of horticultural workshops to foster community involvement in the gardens, and school-appropriate interpretive materials about the history of the gardens. As the garden's plant materials and period ornamentation were restored, a capital preservation grant helped fund rehabilitation of the Carriage House into a horticultural learning center, expanding the interpretation possibilities for the gardens at the site. The original 1992 Trust grant helped fund the restoration of the exterior of the main house, the rose garden and kitchen garden.
For more information, visit: http://oakeside.org/