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.
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
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.
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.