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Reynolds House, Angle Fly Restoration Begins In Somers

The Somers Land Trust will detail its restoration plan for the 237-year-old Reynolds House this weekend at the Angle Fly Preserve.
The Somers Land Trust will detail its restoration plan for the 237-year-old Reynolds House this weekend at the Angle Fly Preserve. Photo Credit: Courtesy Somers Land Trust

SOMERS, N.Y. – A Somers group is looking for volunteers to help rebuild the 237-year-old Reynolds House and Farm Area in several upcoming events.

The nonprofit organization known as Somers Land Trust , which is committed to preserving open space in Somers, is hosting an informational session Saturday as it moves to restore the Reynolds House and Farm Area after completing the 10 miles of trails in the Angle Fly Preserve. The Reynolds House is set to be rebuilt to its late-1700s style as a part of the all-volunteer community project.

The group is also hosting a trail-maintenance day at Angle Fly Preserve from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Superstorm Sandy destroyed more than 300 trees on the Angle Fly Preserve, said Bob MacGregor, chairman of the projects committee for Somers Land Trust.

“We had a lot of storm damage because we still have 25 trees that fell on the trails,” MacGregor said. “We had one area where we lost 85 to 100 trees that were planted in the 1930s so they were probably 75 feet tall so they came down hard. It was such significant damage that we actually had to reroute the trail.”

MacGregor added that other trail-maintenance days would be scheduled throughout the year. But what has him most excited is the extensive work beginning this weekend to restore the Reynolds House.

“The house was built in 1776 as a basic farmhouse and is a rare example of what homes looked like at the time,” he said. “It’s more than 235 years old at this point so the idea is to rebuild it so it will look the way it did the year it was built.”

The Reynolds House rebuild is set to be an all-volunteer project. More than 4,000 man hours will be needed with $100,000 in fundraising and grants needed to complete the project in 2015. The house is owned by the Town of Somers, which previously provided funding to help remediate the home.

Those looking to learn more or to volunteer are asked to meet at the Angle Fly Preserve entrance, Route 139 in Somers (between Plumbrook and Route 100) or send an email to info@somerslandtrust.org.

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