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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Moving forward while looking back

BERLIN

Now that work is complete on the former Town Hall, the Berlin Art and Historical Society is shifting its efforts next door to restoring the Bullard House into a town museum.

The red house on Woodward Avenue (Rte. 62) is one of the town’s oldest buildings, dating back to the time of the American Revolution, society President Walter Bickford said. It has served many purposes over the years including tavern, fire station, barber shop, store and the first Berlin high school in the early 1800s.

The post and beam house, owned by the Historical Society for 12 years, needs its foundation fixed and some repair work on both the interior and exterior, Bickford said. Once restored through volunteers and donations, the house could serve as a museum to display collectibles including old farm tools and clothing.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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