SULLIVAN, Maine — A local property with a house that dates to the early 1800s is being acquired by the local historical society.
The Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society indicated in a prepared statement sent out Sunday that the organization is purchasing the Paul Urann property in the village of Sullivan Harbor in order “to return the house to its original configuration and preserve it as an educational opportunity for the benefit of the community.”
The property was purchased by Urann in 1804 and the Federal-style home that sits on it is believed to have been built around the same time, according to society officials. The house became available recently through foreclosure.
Gary Edwards, a selectman and board member of the historical society, has been picked to head the restoration effort. Edwards, who has worked for the town of Houlton and for U.S. Department of Agriculture, is trying to solicit grants to help pay for re-roofing the house. Edward said in the release that the society plans over the next several months to work with a historic architect, the private group Maine Preservation and the state’s Maine Historic Preservation Commission to evaluate the property and to develop a restoration plan.
The society is looking for volunteers to help with the project. Donations of time, expertise, historic furniture and cash, the latter of which is tax-deductible, will be accepted. Anyone who is willing to contribute is asked to contact Jeanne Edwards, president of the board, or Project Manager Gary Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or 422-0995.