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Westport Heritage House opens doors, new floors

The Westport Heritage House

The Westport Heritage House Photo by Keith Lobdell.

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Meredith Johnston shows off some of the modern features in the visitors center at the Westport Heritage House.

— Members of the Westport Heritage House invited the community to join them for a celebration of the building June 19.

“There is a lot of energy here and a lot going on around this building,” Lindsay Pontius said. “We wanted to bring people in to take a tour of the newly renovated building and let them see what we have done.”

Along with refurbishing the hardwood floor in the rear of the building, the organization overseeing the center had also created a new patio out of the granite that was part of the sidewalk when it was used as a church.

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The chapel in the Westport Heritage House.

Co-chair Nancy Decker said she was pleased with the event’s turnout and with the work that had been put into the building.

“As a committee, we believe that this fits right into our mission to link Westport to the history, art and culture of the region,” Decker said. “This is a house to welcome everyone to explore our sense of place here in Westport. We wanted people to see the efforts that have been put into the building by the volunteers from the community and it is those people who have done so much.”

The building features a new visitors center with three displays, pictures, art and videos (Four Seasons of Westport, Samuel de Champlain, The Westport Chair, Opening Day Camp Dudley 2011, Port Henry and Waterways), a local history library, a computer and Internet access.

“We have a lot of volunteers who give a lot of time to man the center,” co-chair Meredith Johnston said. “They talk to those who come in, and they also have the chance to learn about the town through our videos and books.”

The Westport Heritage House is located at 6459 Main St., Westport, and will be open Tuesday through Sundays in July and August, and weekends in September and October, including with Labor Day and Columbus Day.

For more, visit westportheritagehouse.com.

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