There is no doubt that Pequotsepos Manor, the 1717 house museum. is the pride and joy of the Denison Homestead. We are proud of the restoration projects to date which include
- In 2007, a new roof was installed on the north side of the Homestead.
- In 2011, the Vogel Cottage was restored thanks to the generosity of the John Denison Miller family.
- In 2011, the exterior siding of the manor house was powerwashed and a preservative was applied to the shingles. Windows were reglazed and exterior door and window trim were painted.
- In 2013, the stone foundation of the manor house was repointed and drains were installed around the exterior of the manor house to prevent water from seeping int the cellar.
- In 2014, a grant was received from the 1772 Foundation to repair the center chimney of the manor house so open hearth cooking demonstrations can be offered.
However, we are in need of two essential and costly renovation projects.
- Restoring the left side of the barn. without restoration work, our deteriorating 18th century barn is likely to collapse. We have a plan in place to preserve the barn, true to its centuries-old design. The restoration of our historic barn will provide the Homestead with additional space for exhibits, meetings, and the kind of educational programming that will keep the story of the Denisons alive for future generations.
- Restoring the Federal parlor room. We are seeking advice from a structural engineer regarding the sagging floor in the Federal Parlor - a key element to preserving the entire west side of the manor house. We also are hoping to effect a complete decorative restoration, including new paint, wallpaper, and window treatments faithful to the historic period.
The Denison Board of Trustees is seeking donations that will help with both of these restoration projects. If you have not submitted an Annual Appeal donation yet, please consider doing so today.
Please make checks payable to the Denison Society, Inc., P.O. Box 42, Mystic, CT 06355