Cook house on Route 7A donated to Manchester Historical Society

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MANCHESTER — Rocking Stone Farm developer Tommy Harmon has donated an historic building and three acres to the Manchester Historical Society, the organization announced Tuesday. Known as the Cook house, the small Federal/Greek Revival cape dates from the early 1800s and was once part of the Edward Isham estate on what is now Route 7A. "We are so grateful to Tommy Harmon for deeding the Cook/Rocking Stone cottage to the society," MHS board member Mike Powers said in a statement announcing the gift. "This serves the dual purpose of preserving one of the oldest standing structures in Manchester and at the same time provides a safe and centralized location for MHS to store its extensive collection of large artifacts. We salute all the people who support MHS in its mission to preserve and protect the long and colorful history of Manchester."The society plans to stabilize the building and prepare it for use as a storage place for the society's collection of large artifacts. The core collection of documents, photos, and small artifacts will remain in the MHS room at the Manchester Community Library.While there have been many changes to the house over the centuries, the timber frame and the large center chimney as well as many of the windows are original, the group said."For the first time since its founding over 120 years ago, MHS has a permanent home for its large artifact collection," MHS curator Shawn Harrington said in the release. "The Cook house at Rocking Stone Farm is itself a piece of Manchester history. The additional space opens up the possibilities to accept pieces that otherwise may not have been feasible to preserve for future generations."The society also thanked the Sarah K. de Coizart TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust for a grant supporting the renovation of the property.The mission of the Manchester Historical Society is to collect, preserve, interpret and present the story of Manchester through the research collection, exhibits, programs, and publications.For more information about MHS and how to become a member, contact the society at info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org or call 802-549-4582.


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