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A gleaming Glebe: Historic home exterior renovated

Published 1:57am Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bath’s historic Glebe House received a recent facelift. The outside of the circa 1830’s home was refurbished with a fresh coat of white paint, a new porch and a rain gutter.
Bea Latham, chair of the home’s restoration committee, said renovations were all period appropriate.
“We patterned it after the Bonner house because they both were built in the same era. We suspect it was built by same person,” she said. “I think it’s just a nice representation of architectural styles of the 19th century.”
The exterior renovations came to about $15,000. The Historic Bath Foundation provided $10,000. The rest was the result of donations and fundraising by the committee.
Restoration of the Glebe House started in 2010. The home is one of the oldest in the area.
“We formed a committee to find the best way to preserve the house because it has significance to the church, as well,” Latham said.
The Episcopal Diocese owns the home and St. Thomas Church uses it for meetings and adult Sunday School. None of the restoration funds have come out of the church’s budget.
The biggest fundraiser was last October’s tag sale. The committee will hold another sale Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning at 8 a.m.
Folks can get an early start by paying to attend the Friday night pre-sale, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Refreshments will be served.
Anyone interested in helping may donate items for the tag sale or make a monetary donation.
“We’re open for any kind of donations,” Latham said. “They can contact me and we can make arrangements.”
Latham said volunteers would pick up donations and help load them.
Funds this year will go towards a new energy-efficient heating and air conditioning unit.
The Glebe House is located on South Main Street in Historic Bath on the grounds of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. For more information about the Glebe House or upcoming tag sale, call Bea Latham at 923-3971.

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