2012-09-26 / Community & Local News

Kingfield Historical Society ceilings getting fresh coat of paint

By BJ Bangs Irregular Staff Writer


Kingfield Historical Society Trustee Becki Brown points to the peeling paint behind the antique stove in the kitchen. That will all disappear once Matt Vandry puts on a new coat of paint in the kitchen and dining room, making the original metal work really shine. (BJ Bangs photo) Kingfield Historical Society Trustee Becki Brown points to the peeling paint behind the antique stove in the kitchen. That will all disappear once Matt Vandry puts on a new coat of paint in the kitchen and dining room, making the original metal work really shine. (BJ Bangs photo) KINGFIELD — The interior of the Kingfield Historical Society is getting a facelift. Local painter Matt Vandry will be painting the metal dining room and kitchen ceilings in addition to the tin behind the stove.

Paint on the tin ceilings is pealing, and Trustee Becki Brown said they decided to make these two rooms this year’s project. The historical society is trying to do one or two small projects a year, gearing up for the Bicentennial Celebration in 2016.

The ceiling in each room has its own individual pattern, she said.

The picturesque Victorian residence on High Street was built in 1890. In 1968 Charles and Alma Winter and Effie Pear Winter donated it to Kingfield because they feared it would become a tenement house.

In 1970, the Kingfield Historical Society opened its doors, and the 10-room two-story home with three porches and attached two-story barn became a place to showcase the town’s history. The Scotch Firetube Steam Boiler, build in place while the house was constructed, is one of few still is existence, and is one of the reasons the house was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in December of 1986.

The historical society has displays honoring famous residents William King who was the first governor of Maine; Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, a renowned photographer; Herbert Wing, a local entrepreneur and member who built the first Herbert Hotel and was a member of the Maine Legislature; and Charles Wilson, longtime Kingfield resident who was a famous writer, poet, photographer and artist.

Brown pointed out that the trustees hope to replace the front porch in the near future, and paint the outside of the building in 2015.

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