Historical Society Announces Community Effort

The Busti Historical Society Miller House is pictured.

BUSTI — The Busti Historical Society announces the establishment of a community fundraising effort towards improvements to its current campus.

Founded in 1972, the Busti Historical Society is the result of the local community’s enthusiasm for the mill restoration project. 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 endeavors for the society.

One of these projects includes restoration of The Miller House. Built in the year 1846, the house was the original home of Francis Sowl, who built the present Grist Mill in 1838.

The home has remained on property adjacent to the mill and is currently owned by the Busti Historical Society. A goal to restore the home to its original 19th Century state was envisioned by current society members and plans will greatly benefit the society and its goals for future educational and historical community events.

Presently, members of the society have been working each weekend on the home, painting, constructing dry wall, and restoring floors. Plans include the addition of period centric furnishings, including a stove, pie safe, shelf clock, curtains, and wardrobes. Funds are needed to finish the interior and exterior restoration and the purchase of antique and other furnishings. Ideal pieces include those that fit the 1840 to 1850 period.

Once the Miller House is fully restored, the society plans to create expanded educational opportunities for community members, groups and school classrooms. This includes hosting 19th century period events, such as tea parties or Christmas events; period-centric food and cooking classes; butter/cheese or candle making classes; and historical tours. The home will also be available to rent for family or organizational events.

Work on the house has begun, but additional funds are needed to see the project to fruition. Individuals and groups interested in donating to the restoration of the Miller House can donate online at www.gofundme.com/busti-historical-societymiller-house-restoration OR by cash/check to The Busti Historical Society, 3443 Lawson Road, Jamestown NY, 14701.

In addition to work on the Miller House, the Busti Historical Society is hosting a June 13 event at the Busti Victorian Hall. The annual Victorian Dinner will be a step back in time, and include a menu representative of a 1800s meal. Tickets are priced at $35 and benefit the society’s continued programming and projects. Tickets can be purchased online at facebook.com/Busti-Historical-Society OR by contacting the society directly.

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