The Draper House was built in 1724 by the family of John Draper, making it the oldest home in Dover Massachusetts. It has been under the threat of demolition, and the Town of Dover is looking to raise funds to move the building to Dover’s town common. The proposed move will preserve the building and make it available for community affairs. The move is expected to cost upwards of $250,000 of private contributions.

By preserving the structure, the Town of Dover will also preserve its historical heritage and local New England character. Root Cellar Preserves is proud to support Dover’s local community preservation efforts.

The John B. Wakeman Farmstead, built in 1828, is a private effort to preserve an abandoned early American farmstead. The house and its 'out' buildings had been unoccupied for many years and in dire need of immediate restoration to the roof and structures. Root Cellar Preserves is proud to contribute to John B. Wakeman farmstead's rescue effort by donating resources to stem the gradually decay that has occurred over the past decades, and to bring the farmstead back to its original character.

Perched atop the Mohawk Valley, the Wakeman farmstead is historically significant for its unique citing. Its panoramic views up and down the valley overlook the lands of revolutionary war skirmishes, Indian raids and the gateway to the Western frontier. The farmstead's elaborate center stack fireplace system with an open hearth, baking oven and a built in cast iron caldron was unique and innovative for rural America. Today, the Wakeman farmstead is becoming a symbol of yesterday's rural prosperity and the rich cultural history of New York's Erie Canal country.

The Dadmun-McNamara House is a classic 1824 center hall colonial homestead. Moved to its present location in 1965, the structure is a classic example of the prosperity and architecture of the Early Republic era. Root Cellar preserves contributed to the general maintenance and preservation of the structure and grounds for future generations to appreciate the craftsmanship and lifestyle of that post colonial era of the American experience.

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