Lancaster, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Hull House Foundation has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from its Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation, it was announced Tuesday.
The grant will assist Hull House Foundation in matching a $226,000 grant from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund that is supporting restoration of the distinctive c. 1810 Federal-style home, the oldest residence in Erie County, anchoring the Hull Family Home & Farmstead site at 5976 Genesee Street at Pavement Road, Lancaster, NY.
Hull House Foundation is the all-volunteer non-profit stewarding the restoration, recreation and operation of the Hull Family Home & Farmstead as a Living History interpretive site.
Formed in 2006, Hull House Foundation has successfully raised more than $1 million toward restoration of the historic house and planning for recreation of the representative early 19th C. WNY farmstead on the 24-acre site.
The Hull Family Home & Farmstead is the only historic site in the region representing the story of WNY’s pre-Erie Canal settlement period, to be told through the lives of Revolutionary War veteran Warren Hull, his wife Polly, and their descendants. Together, the generations of this pioneer family illustrate all the major history of the Niagara Frontier, from New Englanders’ westward migration, the Holland Land Purchase, War of 1812 turmoil, and 19th C. social reform movements sweeping NYS through the Civil War and beyond.
Lively events, participatory archeology and early 19th C. activities, and restoration tours held at the Farmstead site throughout the year help illustrate this early part of regional history. Full information is available at www.hullfamilyhome.org.
“Without organizations like Hull House Foundation, communities across America would have a diminished sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “The National Trust for Historic Preservation is honored to provide a grant to Hull House Foundation, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared heritage.”