On Thursday, December 14th, the Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration Committee of Florida presented the Village of Florida’s governing Board with a $5,000 check toward the restoration of the Seward/Mapes Homestead. Added to a $4,000 contribution made earlier in 2016, the organization raised a total of $9,000 toward a New York State matching fund grant for historic preservation.
The year’s fundraising was accomplished through a combination of venues that included historic lectures, dining and antique appraisal events and donations. To date, over $15,500 has been raised. The Seward/Mapes Homestead presents an opportunity to focus on the lives and accomplishments of two men deeply engaged in the American Civil War on different levels; William Henry Seward as Secretary of State in the Lincoln Administration, and William E. Mapes, as a Union soldier in a volunteer regiment that fought in many battles from Manassas Gap to Appomattox.
The Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration Committee is a grass roots organization that assumed “stewardship” of the property after it was acquired from the Town of Warwick in 2010. Information about the Seward/Mapes Homestead can be found on the organization’s website.
Photos: Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration Committee president, Roger Dowd, presents Florida Mayor James Pawliczek with a check towards preserving The Homestead, courtesy Beth Fullers, and William Henry Seward and William E. Mapes courtesy Public Domain.