Hull Family Home & Farmstead...
The Hull Family Home & Farmstead is celebrating the completion of the stone dwelling’s most recent phase of renovations with a grand reopening gala set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster.
Built circa 1810, the home was the residence of Revolutionary War veteran Warren Hull; his wife, Polly; and their 12 children. According to the home’s website, the renovations are part of a 14-year restoration effort.
The free celebration will allow guests to tour the restored interior of the home while also learning about the local history, playing games, and enjoying food and refreshments.
“It is our belief that the many interesting stories of the earliest beginnings of our community, both Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier, are often overlooked,” said Hull House Foundation President Gary Costello.
“Many people know about this important heritage site, but many others do not. So by celebrating the reopening of the home, we hope to bring awareness to many more residents in our area so they can come visit and learn and enjoy.”
According to Costello, some of the work that has been done in recent years to the Hull Family Home includes the addition of a mechanical lift for guests, 25 new lighting fixtures in its interior, a kitchen garden immediately behind the house and a fence that’s reminiscent of the one that appears in an early photo of the home.
“The home was originally acquired from the previous owner in 1992, and the work to bring it back to life has been ongoing ever since,” Costello said. “This includes the acquisition of 27 acres of additional land around the home so that a portion of the original farmstead can be reconstructed.”
With the reopening celebration, the Hull House Foundation will kick off a host of summer events designed to entertain and educate guests of all ages. The first is a new tour called “Meet Our Past.” This $12 event will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10, and visitors will have a chance to hear compelling stories about people who had an impact on the development of Western New York.
“Our mission is one of education,” said Costello. “In that spirit, we are proud to announce our latest special tour called ‘Meet Our Past,’ in which small groups of guests are led from scene to scene in which actors portraying figures from our past present a brief story of themselves. We have found that this type of theatrical presentation is well received and greatly appreciated by our guests, while at the same time providing a little education in a very enjoyable form.”
There will be a “History Camp for Kids” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27. The camp is for students entering fifth through seventh grade and will feature such activities as games, cooking, sewing, crafts and trade. Campers will also participate in an archaeological dig and learn more about artifacts.
The Revolutionary War Living History Weekend is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5. This is a chance for people to experience the camp life of British and American soldiers, with activities and demonstrations for people of all ages.
The Pig ‘n Pint is from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. This is the Hull House Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, with a barbecue and beer tastings available. There will also be live music and raffles. Reservations are required, and tickets go on sale starting Friday, June 1.
The “Girls and Their Dolls Garden Party” will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. This is an opportunity to enjoy a day in the garden where guests can participate in a scavenger hunt and other activities. Reservations are also required for this event, and tickets go on sale Sunday, July 15.
For more information on additional events, directions, volunteer opportunities and more, visit www.hullfamilyhome.com or call 837-0893.