|Posted on May 3, 2016 at 10:15 AM|
SUPPORT SPRINGFIELD’S HISTORY
The Cannon Ball House, home of the Springfield Historical Society,(SHS), is one of four village homes that survived the American Revolution and the only one that provides tours to the public.
The first documented owner is Dr. Jonathan Dayton, uncle to the signer of the US Constitution for which our high school is named, and half-brother to Gen. Elias Dayton of Revolutionary War fame. Dr. Dayton died in 1778, leaving his wife and children to run the household. It is believed that Keturah Dayton, his widow, established a tavern in the home to support the family after his death. During the Battle of Springfield (June 23, 1780) her home was used as a field hospital, thereby saving it from being burned to the ground during the British retreat.
The Cannon Ball House is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
In an effort to be pro-active, the SHS hired an historical architectural firm to prepare a Conditions Assessment. The assessment includes a list of repair and maintenance projects that are recommended to ensure the continued stability and use of the now 270+year old building.
The first phase of these projects is to repair the interior cracked plaster and lathe walls and reinforce the brick and clapboard exterior of the East Parlor. In order to comply with State and National Register standards and apply for preservation grants, Historical Preservation Contractors and Engineers must be used, which increases the project costs dramatically. The first phase project cost estimate is $60,000.00. The SHS was recently awarded a matching funds grant from Union County in the amount of $25,000.00. To date, the Society has secured approximately $10,000.00 in bequests and donations to apply to this project, leaving a fundraising goal of $25,000.00.
At this time, the SHS asks for the support of the community.
• Businesses and Residents are encouraged to make tax deductible donations to the Capital Fundraising Campaign to ensure the proper maintenance of this significant relic of Springfield’s Revolutionary history.
• Become a member of the Historical Society and lend your time and talents to preserving and sharing Springfield’s history with local schools and the community. Membership applications received before April 1, 2016 will include membership through March 31, 2017.
Take pride in Springfield by supporting the icon that represents the victory of the Battle of Springfield and only repository of local artifacts from three centuries to educate the public.
All donations are appreciated. A plaque will be engraved and displayed in the entranceway with the names of all benefactors with donations of $500.00 or more. Please support the Historic Cannon Ball House today!
Annual Membership Opportunities Building Fund Patron Levels
____$15 Individual $________ (any amount) - Friend
____$30 Household Family $500 or more - Bronze
____$75 Corporate $1,000 or more -Silver
$5,000 or more –Gold
$10,000 or more – Platinum
(to reduce mailing costs, notices for upcoming open houses will be sent via e-mail)
Visit our website: www.springfieldhistoricalsociety.webs.com
Please send all membership dues and donations to :
Springfield Historical Society
Janice Bongiovanni, Treasurer
133 Short Hills Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081