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Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Helps Historical Society Purchase Mower

A grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Lynn Foundation Fund recently helped the Busti Historical Society purchase a new lawnmower.

Members of the society express their gratitude to the CRCF for their funding, as well as Schutts Saw and Mower Services for their assistance with the purchase. The Cub Cadet Z Force “Zero Turn” style riding lawnmower will help volunteers maintain the 10-acre campus which includes a working grist mill, museum building, demonstration barn and recently added Miller’s House.

Founded in 1972, the Busti Historical Society is the result of the local community’s enthusiasm for the mill restoration project. Currently the society maintains the restored Grist Mill, one of the few remaining operating grist mills in New York state, as well as coordinates the annual Busti Apple Festival, held the last Sunday in September.

Throughout the years an interest in local history and the dedication of community volunteers has led to the expansion of the mill and exciting endeavors for the society.

One of these projects includes restoration of The Miller’s House. Built in the year 1846, the house was the original home of Francis Sowl, who built the present Grist Mill in 1838. A goal to restore the home to its original 19th century state was envisioned by current society members with plans to host future events and community gatherings. Those interested in donating to the restoration cause can visit: gofundme.com/busti-historical-societymiller-house-restoration.com or by cash/check to The Busti Historical Society, 3443 Lawson Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.

In addition, the annual Busti Apple Festival is set for September 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. An annual tradition, the event will feature period-appropriate educational demonstrators, craft and food vendors, a farmers’ market, showcase of the operational grist mill.

For more information on future events, follow the Busti Historical Society on Facebook.

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