Great news for local historical preservationists! The determined volunteers at the Howland Stone Store Museum (HSSM) were successful in their grant application to restore Opendore, a historically significant property dating from early Scipioville days and the Howland family, early settlers and influencers of the area.
In danger of falling apart, neglected for many years, the clean up of Opendore has begun since the HSSM took ownership and the $400,000 grant from NYS will allow them to proceed with stabilizing and restoring that property.
This group of dedicated residents already succeeded in having the HSSM listed as a site on the Underground Railroad Heritage Trail. The Hamlet of Sherwood and several individual properties within Scipio are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also due to their efforts.
Visit the HSSM website at http://www.howlandstonestore.org/ to see their YouTube video and to learn about the Howland family and their influence upon the greater Scipio area, as it was carved out of the wilderness that was central New York in the 18th century.