St. Croix Historical Society Receives Belvedere Grant


The hanging corbels of the Holmestead will soon all be made intact thanks to a grant received from the Belvedere Foundation. (Photo by Lura Jackson).

By Lura Jackson

One of the historic buildings on Main Street will soon be slightly more attractive thanks to a grant received from the Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The funds will enable the Holmestead, a manor built in 1850 that now houses the St. Croix Historical Society, to undergo a repair to its entryway in the warmer months.

The project will repair the portico of the building, a task that will involve putting one of the four hanging ornate corbels in place. The missing corbel fell out in recent years and had never been replaced, though the original was preserved (preserving being a concept the SCHS is well familiar with). 

A few months ago, the officers of the SCHS filed a grant with the Maine Community Foundation for $9,000. In January, notification was received that the project had been accepted and funds were forwarded to the society for its completion.

“We appreciate the support of the Belvedere Foundation,” SCHS President Al Churchill said. “Without the grant we would have been unable to do this much needed work.”


The work will be completed by Joyce Jackson and Patrick Mealey of Fineartistmade, who have previously completed historic restorations on the Holmestead and the neighboring Holmes Cottage.