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Haddam Historical Society: 8/25/15


HHS2The last few weeks have been very busy at the museum. First and foremost the Town of Haddam now has a Delay of Demolition Ordinance. Although an ordinance was drafted over six years ago, it was the potential demolition of 85 Bridge Street that set things in motion. Following discussions with town officials and the society the developer for the property agreed to save the Shailer-Banning House and incorporate it into the proposal. HHS3Unfortunately the developer has now pulled out of the project and the property is again for sale. There are rumors flying that other historic buildings are in danger of demolition including a historic schoolhouse and the former home of Judge Rollin Tyler. The ordinance will allow concerned parties a 120 waiting period to work with property owners to try and save the building. More on the ordinance below.
A few years ago HHS member Anne Farrow Taylor wrote a great article for the Hartford Courant about agreeing to have her house on a house tour. She wrote about the angst and mad furniture buying that happened before the tour and how her neighbors (also on the tour)were cool, calm and collected compared to her “flipping out.” To top it off a car crashed into her front lawn and newly finished stone wall just months before the tour.  Well……I can relate. I have agreed to show our house on the Haddam Neck Tour (see more below) and have decided I am certifiably NUTS! No cars have crashed on the front lawn but a teenage son home from college can do almost as much damage. We are painting into the wee hours of the morning, gotten rid of the kid friendly couch and won’t allow the cat into any of the rooms with newly refinished floors.  What was I thinking??????
Elizabeth Malloy
Haddam Historical Society
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