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Seasons Bed & Breakfast of Warrensburg exemplifies successful historic preservation, and how architectural heritage adds to a town's identity and character. Built in the mid-1800s, it was home and office for several prominent doctors -- and more recently a dentist -- before it was converted into a gracious bed and breakfast enterprise.  A talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 21 Sept. 21 at the Warrensburg Masonic Hall on Main St. to explore how communities can take action to avoid destruction of historic resources.

Seasons Bed & Breakfast of Warrensburg exemplifies successful historic preservation, and how architectural heritage adds to a town's identity and character. Built in the mid-1800s, it was home and office for several prominent doctors -- and more recently a dentist -- before it was converted into a gracious bed and breakfast enterprise. A talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 21 Sept. 21 at the Warrensburg Masonic Hall on Main St. to explore how communities can take action to avoid destruction of historic resources. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Over the past several decades, Warrensburg has lost a number of its historically important buildings. The recent fire that gutted a former antique and furniture store on River Street, destroyed the coal pocket on Mill Street, has saddened many Warrensburg residents. This fire, like the Bonnie Brae fire and the purposeful destruction of the Burhans Mansion, all dealt a permanent blow to the local economy and destroyed tangible ties to the town’s past, local community leaders have said.

A program “Historic Preservation Equals Successful Communities,” set for 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 21 at the Warrensburg Masonic Hall, will explore ways communities can actively work to preserve their heritage.

The talk, presented by Steven Engelhart of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, is co-sponsored by the Warren County Historical Society and the Warrensburgh Historical Society. The hall is located at 3893 Main St. 

The program explores how preserving historic architecture offers tangible links to our past, fosters community identity, contributes to community revitalization and helps conserve energy. The program will also focus on the urgency to avoid future losses of such vital heritage.

Following the program, light refreshments will be served.

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