|Posted by lakeportcommunityassociation on October 25, 2012 at 1:00 AM|
The Lakeport Freighthouse Museum starts its history with Grand Opening
With a sign of relief, the Lakeport Community Association hopes to rest on their laurels as they finally open the doors of the Lakeport Freighthouse Museum. The public is welcome to the Grand Opening on Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 15 Railroad Avenue (off Elm Street across from Avery’s).
The Lakeport Community Association (founded in 1997) members spent 15 years and nearly $100,000 in rehabilitating the Freighthouse, upgrading all utilities and improving the structure, complying with building codes and making it handicap accessible, preserving its historical features and adding a boxcar and tracks. Others have helped with funding, in-kind services, antiques and donations of memorabilia of the Boston & Maine Railroad and all things Lakeport. Years of yard sales drew local fans and timely funds.
The exhibits with items that many supporters have donated are ready – Annie Oehlschlaeger’s railroad collection, Bob Fortier’s vast memorabilia collection and scrapbooks, stately knitting machinery or unstately looking wooden water pipes, delicate Victorian clothing presented by the Richardson family, the treasured boxcar and more are all on display. There are many “what is it” contraptions to amuse the curious.
NH Executive Councilor Ray Burton, a railroad fan, is planning to visit. Student tours are in the works. Anyone wishing to visit may contact the association at 524-7683 or write P.O. Box 6015, Lakeport, NH 03247.
Visit www.lakeportcommunityassociation.com for more information.