Danvers Historical Society is pleased to announce it has
received a $2,000 matching grant opportunity from the Essex National Heritage
Commission. These funds will support the continuing restoration of the National
Historic Landmark Derby Summer House by restoring functionality to sash
windows, providing ventilation to better preserve the structure.
Over 6,000 visitors from around the world, local residents,
researchers, and students of all ages and abilities enjoy this garden folly at
Glen Magna Farms. The 1794 Derby Summer House (aka: McIntire Tea house) is the
only structure of its kind in the United States.
Matching funds for this project will be raised with private
donations. Donors appreciate the significance of this landmark’s representation
of American Federal architecture. The delicate columns, festoons above the
second story windows and the runs on the roof were all carved by David McIntire
in 1794. The dramatic scale and careful details of the Reaper and the Milkmaid
sculptures were carved by John and Simon Skillin of Boston.
The Danvers Historical Society provides views into the many
stories this Landmark and our other properties illustrate about our local
heritage. Visitors, for many years to come, will enjoy views from inside this
national treasure overlooking award winning historic gardens, the last of which
Danvers has to offer.
“The Society has a deep sense of social responsibility to
provide quality educational opportunities to our children, students, young
adults, and senior citizens for purposes of cultural enjoyment and enrichment
for the entire family”, stated Thomas Page, President of the Danvers Historical
Society. “We were extremely gratified to receive ENHC’s support for this
At its core, the Danvers Historical Society is an
organization supported by people committed to our mission of educating about
the history of Danvers by preserving collections, artifacts, documents, and
significant Danvers structures and properties, and by conducting educational
programs, lectures and other events. We are a public non-profit organization
with a 130 year record of community service. For more information, visit www.DanversHistory.Org and like us on