The Board of Directors of the Gateway Museum met recently to discuss some of the plans that are in the works for this summer. Much of this discussion centered around the work at the Preserve. Listed below is a partial list of plans for this year:
- Construct a second hiking trail. The Town of Morristown has agreed to have the Highway Department help with the building of a new 300 foot long boardwalk across marshy areas along Pond #1. We are also planning to build a viewing stand along Pond #3 that will enable visitors to have better views of the Blue Heron nesting site as well as wildlife in the ponds. The new trail will be at least ½ mile long and intersect the existing Blue Heron hiking trail that was built last year. The new trail will be opened by Memorial Day
- Complete Renovation work for the Red Barn area of the Preserve. We expect to repair the North foundation wall, paint the roof with aluminum paint, replace some worn out siding on the south side of the barn, and replace the stone wall fence along River Road East. The success of these projects depends upon receiving grant money.
- Complete major renovation work in the farm house. We are extremely proud of this house that was built in 1835. Generous donations have been collected to enable our team to replace windows, bathrooms, flooring, ceilings, water heater, and kitchen appliances. We hope to have this renovation substantially complete by Labor Day.
For a complete list of the Gateway Museum’s 2019 activities please look at the home page of this website and the tab entitled “2019 Events”.
I had hoped to report on the arrival of our Blue Herons to the Rookery to beginning their nesting activities for this year. They are due to arrive any day now. The Blue Heron birds are one of the unique features of our Red Barn Preserve and we anxiously await their return
Our garden at the Preserve is going to look a lot different this year. We have obtained seeds for growing Atlantic Giant pumpkins and will attempt to grow a 500 pound pumpkin. Giant pumpkins are regularly grown to 2,000 pounds or more each year. We thought we would be modest and strive to create a 500 pound beast. The seed stock we obtained says the female pumpkin named “Sproule” was 1,650.8 pounds and the male pumpkin- “Kline” was 1303 pounds. The secret to this project is chicken poop. I intend to provide lots of updates to this project as we get into the growing season.
The museum would like to thank all of you that have made donations over the last year to the museum. We have been very successful seeking donations through our patron letter and fund raising activities. What has surprised us a bit is that donations continue to flow to us in the off season. We are grateful to have such dedicated donors. Our long list of projects are easier to do when we have funding.
If you know anyone that would like to volunteer some of their time working at the Museum or Red Barn Preserve- please reach out to us by commenting on this website or call me on my cell phone (614-205-8437) Our volunteers have fun working on the many projects and events outlined above and would welcome new faces to the team.
March 16, 2019