A $115,000 upgrade planned for the Lancaster Historical Society Museum will replace its front porch, repair windows and apply a fresh coat of paint.
“While we have been able to raise the funds needed to repair and redecorate the interior of the building, the exterior was extremely deteriorated and needed immediate attention,” said Therese Wolfe, society president. “Guests have hesitated to use the front entrance due to the porch’s unsafe condition, and volunteers have often noted concern over broken pieces of the building’s exterior.”
Funding for the upgrade was secured by state Assemblywoman Monica P. Wallace.
Built in 1895, the structure was the home of Dr. Samuel Potter, longtime family practitioner and school superintendent. Originally located on Broadway, it was relocated to Clark Street in 1940 and bequeathed to the town. It served as a public library until 1973, when the new town library was built.
The building was dedicated as the Lancaster Historical Society Museum in 1987.