Cobblestone Museum accepting nominations for preservation awards

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 7 July 2024 at 8:23 am

Provided photos: The 2023 preservation award winners include, from top to bottom, left to right: Harriette Greaser in Albion, Diana Dragan of Albion, the Walsh Hotel in Medina, Pine Hill School in Barre, Bent’s Opera House in Medina, and Marti’s on Main in Albion.

CHILDS – The Cobblestone Museum is accepting nominations for the 2024 Historic Preservation Awards to be presented by the museum.

The honorees represent the very best of what Orleans County stands for and supports in historic preservation, said Doug Farley, museum director.

The awards allow the museum to show appreciation to the people who are using preservation to safeguard and enhance structures in Orleans County.

According to Farley, they exemplify best practices in the field and demonstrate how preservation is integral to building stronger neighborhoods, boosting local economies and saving the places that are special to all of us. The Historic Preservation Awards celebrate those who work so hard to protect that shared heritage.

Nomination forms are available on the Cobblestone Museum’s website (click here). They are due by Sept. 1.

Awards will be presented in three categories:

• Cobblestone – To recognize outstanding preservation and rehabilitation of a historic cobblestone structure located in Orleans County.

• Resident – To honor an Orleans County homeowner who completes rehabilitation/restoration of a 75-year-old or older historic residential structure.

• Business – To honor the body of work demonstrated by a business or organization in the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic projects in Orleans County.

The winners will be recognized at an awards dinner on Oct. 25 at White Birch Golf Course in Lyndonville.

Last year’s awards were presented to Harriette Greaser and Donna Kay Dragan Reed for restoring historic homes in Albion; Pine Hill School on Pine Hill Road, Albion, Marti’s on Main in Albion, the Walsh Hotel and Bent’s Opera House, both in Medina.

Anyone with questions or wishing more information may call the Cobblestone Museum at (585) 589-9013.