Boxford Historical Society replaces Holyoke-French House picket fence

Judith Zeng

BOXFORD – A property owner is aware of only as well well how regimen routine maintenance and repairs action to preserve their home is continuous and costly. The historic 1760 Holyoke-French House, effectively acknowledged as just one of New England’s leading Greek revival style colonials as shown in the U.S. Countrywide Sign-up of Historic Places, is certainly no exception.

Fall 2021 photo showing the shabby picket fence enclosing the Holyoke-French House and Parlor Garden area

Around the very last ten years, the 262-calendar year-old H-F Residence found in Boxford Village and maintained by the Boxford Historical Culture has benefitted from important expenses with a new heating procedure, electrical wiring security update, the entrance entry doorway thoroughly restored, exterior of house completely repainted with the home windows re-glazed, and a new cedar shake roof installed.

This thirty day period the terribly deteriorated 160-foot white picket fence was eradicated and replaced with a likewise created fence by area contractor, Boston Fence. The substantially essential fence set up was funded 100% by anonymous donations from Boxford Village neighbors to whom the BHS wishes to publicly lengthen its sincere thanks for their generosity. The really sturdy, quality 1, white oak pickets, posts, and rails with the four a great deal larger sized purple oak Corner Box posts ended up uniformly stained Monterey white to match the 1760 H-F Home trim shade. The new fence style and design and development are expected to demonstrate considerably improved assistance everyday living.

Spring 2022 photo of new fence installation in front Holyoke-French House and the enclosing Parlor Garden area.

This personalized picket fence encloses a single of Boxford Village’s small regarded, hidden treasures, the Holyoke-French Parlor Gardens. A legitimate 18th Century Period of time Backyard garden, the Parlor Gardens structure was collaboratively created in the 1980’s by numerous associates of the Boxford Village Garden Club. This exclusive collection of 18th Century Time period Gardens plants, employs a colour palette of white, yellow, blue from an assortment of distinctly prominent bloomers: Biennial Foxglove, Shasta Daisy Becky, Black Eyed Susan Goldstrum. For extra info, a short June 2022 video depicting the Holyoke-French House Fence Substitute and Parlor Gardens is out there on Boxford Cable Tv.

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