Drive past the Jackson Homestead and Museum, and you may see a backhoe in the driveway and part of the fence next to a pile of dirt on the front lawn. It’s all part of a massive renovation project, which started in September and should be complete in the spring of 2016. The construction will create new facilities for our archives and gift shop, plus an access ramp to the building. We are also upgrading our sprinkler system.
Much of the museum remains open during the renovations, as the most extensive changes take place in the section next to the main home known as the ell. The exterior structure of the ell, once used as a carriage house, remains intact while the interior is rebuilt. Some of the renovations highlight architectural features of the original building; workers uncovered a dovecote, a shelter with nest holes for birds.
We welcome visitors during the renovation (please park along Washington Street or Jackson Road) and look forward to introducing you to our improved facilities in the spring of 2016.