Restoring Bidwell – You can help!

The Bidwell House Museum  has begun a phased restoration of the historic building. The house is over 250 years old and in need of major repairs and mandated improvements.

img_5404To address the building’s needs in a comprehensive way, the museum commissioned an historic structure study in 2015 to determine what needs to be done and the proper sequencing to preserve the historic elements.  The work will be done in three phases, with the first two phases being roofing work. Re-roofing of the 1840s wing and the two historic outbuildings was completed in 2016, with the help of a $30,000 Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund Grant and matching donations.

The next phase included re-roofing the main house and rear ell, plus significant structural stabilization, insulation, electrical improvements and house painting.  During the course of the work additional structural deficiencies, common in many houses of this age, were discovered that had to be addressed, which increased the budget significantly.  The Museum, which is listed in the State Register of Historic Places, received a $50,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission to help fund this phase, along with an emergency grant of $38,000 to help cover the additional work.  This part of the project was completed in August 2017.

The final phase – accessibility improvements and visitor enhancements – will significantly improve the visitor experience, providing a universally accessible entryway, flooring in the carriage barn, an accessible rest room, a video tour, and other enhancements, plus site drainage.  We hope to begin work on the first phase of accessibility improvements in the fall of 2017.  To learn more about the project, click here for the Restoration Prospectus.

img_5451The total cost of the entire projects is estimated at more than $800,000, a large number for a small museum in a rural community. The museum is pleased and grateful to announce that we have already matched two state grants, including a grant of $125,000 received from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in 2017 and raised additional contributions for almost $500,000 of the total funds needed.   In August 2016, the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust announced a $100,000 one-to-one matching grant for all gifts to the campaign from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.  “This matching grant by the Fitzpatrick Trust is a huge boost to the capital campaign, and a rousing endorsement of the importance of the Bidwell House to the community,” stated Rob Hoogs, President of the Board of Trustees.   Due to the generosity of our friends and donors we were able to raise the match before June 30!   With your help, this challenge grant allowed the museum to raise an additional $200,000 towards our goal.   Thank you for your generous support of The Bidwell House Museum!

Send gifts by mail to Bidwell House Museum (memo: Capital Campaign), PO Box 537, Monterey, MA 01245.

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The Bidwell House Museum would not be the special place it is today without the support of the community. Please feel free to call the museum office with any questions, at 413- 528-6888, or send an email to

The Bidwell House is a non-profit organization, run for the benefit of the community by a volunteer board of trustees, volunteer committees, and a very small staff. The organization places great value on the long-term preservation of the house, its collections, and its surrounding land.  The site was the home of one of the area’s first leaders, the Rev. Adonijah Bidwell, and has been a museum since 1990.

Funding for the restoration of the Bidwell House Museum has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the state of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Funding has also been provided by the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis Galvin, Chairman.

On behalf of all visitors to the historic house, gardens, and trails – now and in the future – the Museum’s board thanks you for your consideration and generosity.

Click here for the Spring 2017 Restoration Update