The Jamestown Historical Society recently received a $5,000 grant from the 1772 Foundation to help pay for much needed repairs at the Jamestown windmill.
Four years ago one of the joists that support the third level flooring of the windmill gave away. While there was no immediate danger, the upper floor was closed for the rest of the summer and repairs were made that fall. A close eye has been kept on the floor supports, and this past winter it was decided that some of the beams and joists at that level needed to be replaced completely at an estimated cost of $10,000.
The society asked the 1772 Foundation for help. The mission of the 1772 Foundation is to ensure the safe passage of historic buildings and farmland to future generations. At the end of May, directors of the foundation toured the mill. The award is a result of that tour.
The 1772 Foundation grant requires that matching funds be provided by the receiving organization. Jim Buttrick has agreed to match the 1772 Foundation grant with funds from the endowment that he has recently set up for the benefit of the society.