Perrysburg museum might open next year PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 28 December 2012 11:02
File photo. The Spafford house in Perrysburg. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - After more than a decade in the making, the Perrysburg Area Historic Museum has every hope that 2013 will be the year that it will settle into a permanent home.
PAHM First Vice-President Phyllis Morton said Thursday that the new year may bring with it the opening of the site to the public.
"We're hoping to open it still in 2013," she said, "and now that the holidays are over, we're going to be starting work on a Celebrity Wait (fundraiser) in April, April 7."
The museum is to be located at the Spafford House, 27230 W. River Road, just west of Fort Meigs, on the south side of the roadway.
The 1823 Greek revival structure, dubbed the "Spafford House", was built by Judge Aurora Spafford, the son of Amos Spafford, remembered as the first settler in Perrysburg.
PAHM acquired the home, situated on .63 acres, in 2009. The house is actually not located on its original building site - it was moved 75 feet down River Road in 1989.
The efforts to get the museum up and running have been ongoing since the PAHM's inception in 2001, when it initially hoped to buy the former jail located on West Indiana Avenue, near Cherry and Sandusky Streets.
A booklet prepared by PAHM detailing the work at the Spafford House thus far noted it "was completely gutted with no walls, only studs defining the rooms. Not only were there cosmetic changes that were to be addressed, but the plumbing was non-existent, the electrical grid had to be rewired, a security system installed, floors repairs and refinished," and a host of other alterations and considerations had to be made.
As of this spring, more than $300,000 had been raised for the home, and a major fundraising push started in April; nearly $67,000 had been spent on renovations alone. The PAHM has conducted a large and varied number of fundraising events over the years to drum up financial support.
Three phases are planned for the property, with the finished remodeling of the home constituting Phase I. Phase II will include the creation of an herb and flower garden, and construction of a barn to house a meeting room, bathroom, and a place for memorabilia, including the Perrysburg Fire Department's old 1919 REO fire engine. A third phase will include an annex to the house for additional display space.

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