Recent Successes

• Acquired Deed of Ownership from the State !!!
• Completed Financial Review for 2013 - Click to view the Report
• Installed electrical service independent from surrounding State property
• Rebuilt center section of the Castle's 4th Floor - helps stabilize walls
• New roofs on the Castle, Colonial, and the Visitor Center
• Installed new fire hydrants and water systems in front of Castle
• Greatly expanded Castle tours—tours alone raised over $70,000 in 2013
• Received a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help fund historical planning and architectural analysis
• Began working with outside expertise including Mike Garavalia, historical preservation architect and a structural engineer to guide our restoration activities
• Passed a brick shear test—proved that the Castle's outside brick walls are structurally sound
Completed Core Historic Structures Report
• Created vintage Farm Museum

• Retrieved original Pelton Wheel electrical generator and put it on display

• Showcased vintage printing equipment
• Hosted successful, well-attended events
Redesigned the website to include online donations and ticket purchases
• Installed outdoor lighting and replica street lights
• Landscaped grounds
• Completed Strategic Plan
• Held Community Visioning Workshops and Stewardship Training

Some of our Near-Term Goals

• Restore Castle windows - over 200 completed through 2014
• Install improved gutters and downspouts
• Obtain separate Utilities - water and sewer
• Update our National Register nomination to raise the Preston Castle site to a National Register District of National significance
• Conduct an economic feasibility study