A new campaign has been launched by the Southampton Historical Museum to restore the windows of The Thomas Halsey Homestead in Southampton.
The Thomas Halsey Homestead was established in 1648 by the pioneering Halsey family. Halsey House was built in 1666 and is one of the very few remaining homes from the 17th century on the East Coast. Today it is managed by the historical museum as a historic house museum open to the public.
There are 43 windows that embody a wide range of Southampton history between the 17th to early 19th centuries. In many cases the glazing has dried, frames have dry rot and glass panes are falling to the ground, according to Tom Edmonds, the executive director of the Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center (southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org).
A total of $100,000 is needed for a complete restoration. A matching gift of $50,000 was made by an anonymous donor and the goal has almost been reached, according to Edmonds. A gift of $2,000 entitles the donor to have one of the windows dedicated with a name on a plaque to be remembered forever.
The campaign began in October and according to Edmonds has been very successful. The donation of $2,000 is 100 percent tax deductible. Interested parties can send a check to Southampton Historical Museum, Box 303, Southampton, NY 11969. Or use your credit card by calling 283-2494.