Courier News Online - Preservation group gives past homes a future
Courier News Online - Preservation group gives past homes a future: "Preservation group gives past homes a future By PAMELA SROKA Staff Writer FRANKLIN (SOMERSET) -- It all started with the Van Wickle House, which might have become a strip mall if a nonprofit organization had not stepped in to save the structure 30 years ago. It was the vision of the Somerset-based Meadows Foundation founders who started the nonprofit organization in 1976 to give the past a future by preserving and restoring historic sites with an emphasis on early Dutch and American heritage, said Mark Else, executive director of the foundation. The Van Wickle House, a Dutch house on Easton Avenue, could have fallen into the hands of developers looking to build a strip mall after out-of-state owners offered it for sale in 1976. The property was known as 'Bogan Meadows,' and Simon Van Wickle built the house in 1722."
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