A community benefits when its history is known and preserved. Not just by story telling but also by the actual survival of buildings and homes. At Boggy Creek Farm, in the fertile bottom land of East Austin, the farmstead, dating to 1839-1841 still exists: the remaining five acres of farmland, and its modified Greek Revival farmhouse, where the first President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, dined in 1841!.
The farmhouse is now 177 years old. It is in good condition, except for the windows. They are fragile and beyond band-aid glazing; they need to be taken out of their walls for professional restoration. The experts will clean the windows of aged glazing materials and remove all of the paint. Then they can assess what wood needs repair or duplication.
The process takes two months, and the restoration is scheduled for fall. The estimate for the 14 windows is $30,000.
We, Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayle, are the stewards of this homestead, resisting development, keeping the house in good repair, and sharing it through many house tours over the last 26 years. With your generosity, and with newly sound windows, this important example of history can weather the next generations and beyond. We love this community and we are honored by your help!
- Bob Ward
- Richard Denney
- Renee Studebaker
- Vanessa Kohlhaas
- Dana Luscombe
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