Lachat Town Farm wins Preservation Award
At a ceremony held on April 5 in the Newtown Town Hall, Lachat Town Farm was awarded a Preservation Award by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Accepting the award on behalf of the Farm were Carol Baldwin, Director of Friends of Lachat, Ellen McCormick, Chair of the Lachat Town Farm Commission, Ed Parker, local architect and Commission member, and David Gengo of Salem Preservation LLC who has expertly guided the careful restoration of the circa 1770 farmhouse at Lachat Farm.
The award recognized the grassroots effort of a determined and passionate group of Westonites to prevent the Town's planned demolition of the pre-Revolutionary farmhouse and to create an exciting vision for the property, with the farmhouse serving as the heart of the Farm. The farmhouse has been carefully and lovingly restored with a clear vision that the house remain active and useful and not just be a museum. The first floor now includes a gallery space as well as a handicap accessible bathroom and modern kitchen for classes and events. The restoration of the 2nd floor - already a separate apartment - included installing an updated kitchen. The apartment will serve as the living quarters for a farm manager.
This restoration effort was only made possible with the many, many generous gifts of time, talent, and financial contributions. A special thanks goes out to Aitoro Appliances of Norwalk and their very generous donation of the kitchen appliances.
The restored farmhouse and surrounding bucolic rolling meadows will remind generations to come of Weston's agricultural heritage. The Farm is already serving as a welcoming gathering place for our community with the many classes, concerts, and programs offered throughout the year.