A message from the President
Photo: P Boyko
So much has happened over the past decade. In 2003 The Daniels Farmstead Foundation Inc. (DFF) was in its infancy. Taking on the responsibility of preserving the Daniels Farmstead was not something to take lightly. The buildings were in need of immediate attention after years of neglect. So, we, DFF hit the ground running.
Today, with a membership of 116 and still growing, and the dedicated volunteers who make things happen,The Southwick Daniels Farmstead has become a destination for visitors who want to step back in time and remember what farmlife was like back in the 1860s. Daniels Farmstead is indeed a time capsule.
There is something uniquely rewarding about building a foundation that you believe in, only to find out that lots of other people believe in it, too. Success has its rewards; for the foundation it comes in the form of e-mails and letters, casual conversations that express how much visitors young and old enjoy visiting the Daniels Farmstead.
In June DFF received a $50,000 emergency matching grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission. This money will be used for the restoration work on the barn. To repair the cupola, a new roof on the main barn, and the restoration of the Heifer barn to start. There is much more work that will be done as funding becomes available.
We want to thank you for giving us your time and financial support over the past decade. You’ve shared your stories of the farmstead and how much you appreciate our efforts to preserve this landmark in the Blackstone Valley. You tell us how much you enjoy a Sunday picnic having a burger from the grill; the blueberry pies, fruit tarts and galettes.
Your lives are busy and still you make time to visit the Farmers’ Markets, the house tours, the Civil War Reenactments, the antique tractor show, and the annual Claflin Patriotic Concert in September. You visit our web site and send in photos from your visits to the farmstead.
Daniels Farmstead is indeed part of the past, present and the future. With your continuing support-donations of time and money - it will be there for your children and grand-children.
Please take a moment and fill out the form on the last page of this brochure. It is because of your generosity and support that this newsletter is made possible. If you would like to volunteer your time, please visit: www.danielsfarmstead.org
We thank you!
Paulette Boyko ~President