Special "207" Wednesday

Thomaston group seeks to preserve historic homestead

Sep 10, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham The Leonard Fales House, 59 High St., built circa 1786, is one of Thomaston's earliest historic houses and is in danger of being lost to disrepair, according to a town preservation group.

Thomaston — The Maine Preservation Commission has responded to a request to place one of Thomaston's seriously endangered properties on the 2019 list of Maine's Most Endangered Historic Places.

The Leonard Fales House, 59 High St., built circa 1786, is one of Thomaston's earliest historic houses and currently belongs to an absentee owner living out of state, according to  Peggy McCrea, chairman of the Historic Thomaston Resource Group Committee.

"The house is gradually falling into great disrepair and we are in danger of losing it to 'demolition by neglect,'" she said.

"We have a responsibility to protect Thomaston’s significant historic assets, and it is our hope that by raising awareness, these treasures can be valued and saved," McCrea said.

To learn how this listing might serve to protect the property, McCrea urges those interested to tune into the Sept. 11 edition of the television show "207" at 7 p.m. when this year's selections are announced.

The information will also be included in a statewide press release the following day.

"Hopefully, some action will be taken before it is too late for this historic gem," McCrea added.

(Courtesy of: Historic Thomaston Resource Group Committee)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Chandra Pitcher | Sep 11, 2019 09:38

It is a story like this that make me wish those walls could talk... That picture is amazing.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 10, 2019 15:11

Why is it the responsibility of others to fix a property for an absentee landlord? Living beside a neglected property has soured me on landlords. I know not all landlords are negligent, but the one's that are have no conscience.



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Sep 10, 2019 14:39

Hope this call to action will fill the gap so it could become a cherished historical jewel!



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