MEDFIELD - The historic Peak House is set to open for the season this weekend, offering new displays and a restored garden.
The house will host its opening day from noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. It will be open on the first and third Sundays of each month, from noon-2 p.m., for the remainder of the season.
Rob Gregg, chairman of the Peak House Heritage Center, said the building closes for the winter as it lacks heating, water and - when there is snow on the ground - parking.
One of the attractions this year, Gregg said, will be the restored colonial kitchen garden, for which work first began last spring.
"It was designed primarily to show how early colonists took care of their own needs," he said, noting that the plants served culinary, medicinal and survival purposes for those settlers. "It's very elaborate - there are probably about 116 plants in three beds."
The interior of the house will feature new displays each Sunday, according to Gregg. The projects were fashioned by third-grade students during a May field trip to the building.
Sunday will also feature costumed re-enactors, Gregg said, who will teach visitors about 18th-century games.
The heritage center group, Gregg said, now manages the property, receiving its funding through contributions, grants and business sponsorships.
"Our mission is to engage, inform and inspire visitors as they learn about this historic house, the events that occurred there and the diverse residents that shaped its legacy," he said.
The house recently received some repair work. Gregg had gone to the town to request $3,000 to replace the structure's south-facing roof, but local officials questioned whether they could provide assistance to a private organization.
Gregg said an employee of the local Mitchell Construction Group learned about the situation, and encouraged the company to assist.
"They came to me with a special offer, and we accepted with great appreciation," he said.
Over the course of two days, the roof's old shingles were replaced with new ones. Gregg said the new roof had a more rustic appearance, and was likely more in keeping with how the house looked in its earlier days.
The heritage center has raised a banner thanking the Mitchell Group on its property.
Gregg said he had also been in contact with the state about errors on the historic marker in front of the house - including when the house was built and its original owner. The state Department of Transportation, he said, is considering a supplemental sign that could be up in the early summer.
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