Matthews Museum President George Gross announced plans to replace the carriage house on the rear of the museum building in Union at a recent meeting. Citing the leaking roof and open construction, plans were announced to raise funds to totally replace the lean-to structure.

The new building would be at the same level as the museum, making it handicap accessible. It would also eliminate the annual flooding problem by raising it out of the flood plain where it is currently located. It frequently receives up to one foot of flooding during spring runoff, jeopardizing the collection of sleighs and wagons.

Fundraising efforts will kick off Friday, July 30 with a goods and services auction at the museum at the Union Fairground. For more information visit matthewsmuseum.org. Many local businesses in Damariscotta and Waldoboro have donated to the auction, including The First, Yellowfront, Fernald’s, Paco’s Tacos, Mediterranean Kitchen, Borealis Breads, and Newcastle Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep.

The museum and carriage house may be viewed Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. The museum will be open for viewing at 4 p.m. on July 30 for one hour prior to the auction being run by Bruce Gamage of Rockland. Refreshments will be available.