The last weekend in June was beautiful and sunshiny. At the John Kane House, Pawling residents could be seen gathered under white tents to have their antiques appraised by four local businesspeople. This was the Historical Society of Quaker Hill & Pawling’s Antique Appraisal Event – the first of its kind in over a decade.
“It’s really kind of fun,” confesses John Brockway, President of the Historical Society. Items from statues to jewelry to old books were appraised by Stephen Hughes (who specializes in jewelry, pocket watches, and paintings), Ken Kolski (American Art pottery, glassware, and toys), Jane Lynn (porcelainand silver), and Fitch Lockwood (clocks). Brockway points out that with television programs like Antiques Roadshow and Pawn Stars rising in popularity, the Historical Society wanted to get on the bandwagon. “People want to assign a value. They want to know what they have.”
Historical Society member Anne Wagner remembers planning the Appraisal, thinking that it wouldn’t be too difficult to organize. “Plus,” she notes, “people will also find out what a treasure the Kane House is.”
“Everybody in line has an item,” says Brockway, “and every item has a story.” Pawling residents came crawling out of the woodwork to have their treasures appraised, and helped raise funds for the Kane House’s new roof.
The event was conceived by the Historical Society in order to raise funds for the replacement of the roof on the John Kane House, an historical building that once served as George Washington’s temporary headquarters. The traditional cedar shingle roof, now in a state of disrepair after a good 20-some-odd years, is in need of a replacement. Thanks to generous support from the community, the Historical Society has already raised $40,000 of their $66,000 goal. With this money – which was raised in part through tag sales and historical programs with local schools – the Society will be able to purchase a synthetic roof, which will last much longer than the one the Kane House currently sports.
To learn more about the Historical Society of Pawling and Quaker Hill, visit http://www.pawling-history.org/