Posted: 11:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Clark County historic organization seeks help on Giving Tuesday

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Clark County historic organization seeks help on Giving Tuesday photo
The Crabill Homestead. Contributed photo

By Brett Turner

Contributing Writer

A Clark County group hopes local residents will be moved by Giving Tuesday to help it make repairs to the historic home it maintains.

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday get all the attention, another special worldwide day dedicated to aiding nonprofits, civic organizations and others agencies has risen in popularity.

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Giving Tuesday is this Tuesday and now in its fifth year. It was inspired to promote giving around the world to gain greater donations, volunteer hours and activities that bring about change in communities.

More than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries participated in 2015.

The historic Crabill Homestead, located at 2800 Croft Road, is joining this year with a goal to support preservation and repairs.

Crabill Homestead Committee Chairwoman Alice Dayhoff-Miller noticed Giving Tuesday on Facebook last year and brought it to the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association to pursue.

“After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this is a way to give to good causes,” she said. “We’re getting close to desperately needing repairs and replacements.”

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The Crabill house was constructed by David and Barbara Crabill sometime between 1821 and 1826. The Crabill family occupied it until the early 20th century. After standing empty for many years, it was renovated and is now open for tours during the spring, summer and fall.

The Crabill Homestead needs include repairs or replacements to 14 wood windows and frames, a panel door damaged in an attempted break in, brick stoops and plaster on the walls.

Two storage buildings also need repairs. The largest needs a new floor, bracing on the backside and a better way to access it, and the smaller one needs shingles replaced.

Some of the damage accumulated from lack of maintenance when the house sat unused before the heritage association took it over in 2011.

Dayhoff-Miller said due to the homestead’s age, painting needs to be done every two years or so.

“This would help with these basic needs. There’s a very thin margin for being able to sustain things like this for a lot of nonprofits,” Dayhoff-Miller said.

She’s hoping participation in Giving Tuesday will raise enough to get meet these needs and possibly enough for other upkeep down the road.

The Crabill Homestead is closed for the season and will reopen in May 2017.

To donate or for more information, go to www.grcha.org. For more information on Giving Tuesday, go to www.givingtuesday.org/.

 
 

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