“It takes a Village to raise a barn!”
Imagine you are living in a rural American village in the 1800s.
Every day you perform the tasks necessary to keep your family fed, clothed, warm in winter, and comfortable in summer.
You know your neighbors and with their support, most of your needs are met.
Now, imagine one day you learn that a neighbor’s dilapidated barn, which shelters workers and houses supplies are in such decrepit condition that it must be replaced.
What do you do?
“Raising” a barn was an endeavor that required assistance from the entire village. You, along with all your neighbors, had some part in helping the person in need build and secure the barn in place quickly.
It was a community effort that benefitted everyone, for you knew that when the need was yours, friends would respond in kind.
Historic Cold Spring Village is a neighbor in need, and you are our village.
The museum’s storage trailer, which also provides a comfortable area for the Buildings and Grounds staff, is desperately in need of replacement.
The cost of the proposed reproduction Amish pole barn, which has been chosen to replace the trailer, is approximately 30% higher than the original proposal due to Covid-19 shortages.
This has created a greater need for neighborly support than previously anticipated.
The “seed” money for the barn will be funded from the Jerome S. Goldman Legacy Fund, started in honor of our revered blacksmith who was a part of the Village family for twenty years.
The Buildings and Grounds complex is the heart of the Village for it is here that collections and exhibits are stored and cared for, portions of buildings and their artifacts repaired, tools and tractors are refurbished and animals fed.
Historic Cold Spring Village is an integral part of Cape May County’s historic preservation, history-oriented educational programs, and heritage tourism.