Park-McCullough House celebrates 150th anniversary

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NORTH BENNINGTON >> On August 29 and 30, the Park-McCullough House will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a weekend of festivities.

On Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. there will be a party in the big house, and guests are encouraged to wear dress clothes from any point in the house's history, from 1865 through today. The keynote speaker for that event will be Peter Herdich, of the Antiquities Coalition. There will also be a performance by the Living Room Theatre Group, music by Spare Parts, led by Liz Stell and Bill Matthieson, and a silent auction. The silent auction will include prizes such as a dinner for eight in the Park-McCullough House formal dining room, where the likes of President Benjamin Harrison have eaten, pottery from Bennington Potters, jewelry by Katie Cleaver, paintings by Stella Erhich and Dan Shapiro, a Hoosac River canoe tour, and more. Tickets for this event cost $50, and may be purchased at the door or in advance.

On Sunday, the Park-McCullough House and the Norshaft Lions Club will present Community Picnic Day. There will be games and activities for all ages, tours of the house, carriage rides, contra dancing in the Carriage Barn, and a raffling off of a special quilt designed by Mary Kohler, which was inspired by the Park-McCullough House's parquet floor. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. through 6 p.m., and costs $5 per person or $10 per family. There will also be face painting, food and drink vendors, and Park-McCullough merchandise for sale. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunches to enjoy on the grounds.

The Park-McCullough House was built between 1864 and 1865 by attorney and entrepreneur Trenor Park, a native of Woodford. Park's eldest daughter, Lizzie, married John G. McCullough, a lawyer who would one day go on to become the governor of Vermont. Direct descendants of the family lived in the house until 1965, and Allen McCullough currently serves on the house's board of directors.

Peter Herdrich, the co-founder of the Antiquities Coalition, previously served as senior producer of the CBS television show, "Inside Edition," where he received several awards for journalism, notably the program's coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He performed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Columbia University.

To learn more about the Antiquities Coalition, and the work they are doing around the world, visit www.theantiquitiescoalition.org.

For more information or to purchase tickets for these events, call 802-442-5441.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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