John Strong Mansion celebrates portico rehab

ADDISON — Lynn Forney Young, the President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, visited the DAR John Strong Mansion Museum in Addison recently. The museum was celebrating the successful completion of a project to repair and preserve its historic front portico. Funding for the project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Vermont State Society and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The National Society DAR Special Projects Grants program provides grant funding to support local community projects, which exemplify the three mission areas of DAR: historic preservation, education and patriotism.
Over 50 Vermont Daughters attended the daylong event at the mansion, organized by Liz Bicknell, Vermont DAR state regent. Also in attendance were Tom Keefe, the architect who supervised the porch repair project, and Lt. Col. Herman Charles Brown, representing the Vermont Sons of the American Revolution.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, the museum will be offering an educational program titled, “A Front Porch Welcome.” There will be presentations by the museum’s curator at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. featuring the historic porch and how it tells the story of the mansion and its occupants. The program will be free to the public, and an open house will follow each presentation. 
The museum is located on Vermont Route 17 in Addison, one mile north of the Lake Champlain Bridge and adjacent to the DAR State Park. It is open for guided tours on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is normally a small admission fee. For further information call 759-2309 or visit the website at johnstrongmansion.org.

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