Program on Starbuck Farm's heritage set for Sept. 19

CHESTERTOWN - The public is invited to a presentation at 3:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 19 at the historic 400-acre Starbuck Farm detailing the history of the Starbuck family and their farm -established in the 1790's - and to learn about the farmstead's restoration and plans for the farm's future.

The afternoon program, to be presented on behalf of the Historical Society of the Town of Chester, begins with a Power Point presentation at 4 p.m. by archeologist and sixth-generation farm owner David Starbuck and historic preservation consultant Paula Dennis.

They will offer a detailed look into the historic preservation process that brought back two of the most threatened buildings on the farm, the corn house, circa 1800, and the horse barn, circa 1840.

A sampling of artifacts found beneath the buildings will help explain the important role archeology can play in supporting the restoration process as well as provide more information about family life there during the 19th century.

A guided tour will follow offering scenic views of the surrounding landscape, fields and mountains as well as a glimpse inside each of the remaining historic farm buildings. Participants are welcome to bring a picnic dinner and blanket to enjoy and stay past twilight to view the night's sky first hand or through viewing in the newly constructed observatory. All events are free of charge.

The farm is located on the west side of Starbuck Hill Road. Take Theriot Avenue off state Rte. 8 by the North Warren Central School, Starbuck Hill Road is on your left.

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