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Parker Homestead Gets $250K From County for Restoration

The grant money will be used to restore the historically-designated property's outbuildings.

Plans for restoring the Parker Homestead along Rumson Road in Little Silver continue to move forward with recent news of a $250,000 grant awarded from the county toward the project.

"This is a huge step forward," said Mayor Robert C. Neff, Jr. in an e-mail regarding the much-needed funding to restore the 300-year-old property. "We appreciate the support of our friends in Monmouth County for the preservation and rejuvenation of this historical and educational treasure."

The money, which will be matched in full by the borough, will be used to renovate many of the outbuildings of the site that was settled in 1667 by the Parker family, according to Monte Edwards, chairman of the Parker Homestead Board of Directors.

The grant money will be used to fully restore the cow barn, horse barn and wagon shed to their original early 19th century time period, he said, adding that the wagon shed had received some 20th century updates.

The board is working on the project with Mills Schnoering Architects, who specialize in historic preservation, said Edwards. "The Parker Homestead Board of Trustees will be overseeing the project, with input from the borough as needed," he added. 

Edwards said that fundraising should begin this year for the restoration project, which he would like to see completed in time for the Parker Homestead's 350-year anniversary in 2015.

Thomas December 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM
So our tax dollars are going to restore this site? Does it really need a half million dollars in restoration? I find this appalling in these times. More fiscal irresponsibility
Liz April 15, 2013 at 02:33 PM
You are paying county taxes, but they could go any place in the county. Isn't it nice that some of our taxes payed to the county are returning to Little Silver? No local taxes are involved because the money the borough uses to match the grant comes from the fund set up the Alderbrook builders years ago for Parker preservation.

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