Chesterfield touts success at museum

— The North Star Underground Railroad Museum is now open seven days a week.

Town of Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow told board members at the Aug. 2 regular meeting that due to the interest in the new museum, the organization running it has decided to no longer be closed on Mondays, now welcoming tourists daily.

“There have been so many people at the door on Mondays asking about the museum, they are now open seven days a week,” Morrow said.

The museum was created jointly with the help of the town, Ausable Chasm and the North Country Underground Railroad Society.

Morrow said that under an agreement between the town and the historical society, the town receives half of the donations made to the museum for help to finance and maintain it.

“There is no set admission, so it runs on donations,” Morrow said. “We recently got the check for July 1 through July 31, and it came in at just over $1,300. The idea with this was to be able to run this center without costing the taxpayers money other than the funding from the state grants, which would have gone to another town if they had not come to us.”

Morrow also said that the town is working with Ausable Chasm, which has been providing water and sewer services along with general maintenance over the summer, to provide water and sewer to the museum for the winter months.

“The Chasm has talked about bringing a new line over to the center, and I would like to look into splitting the cost of that line with them,” Morrow said. “It gets a water source to the house for the entire year, not just for the summer.”

Morrow said that, according to Ausable Chasm, a pair of wells that are located at the museum are too contaminated to be used.

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