Roof replacement underway at Swett-Ilsley House
May 13, 2015
Historic New England is making significant repairs to the exterior envelope of Swett-Ilsley House (c. 1670) in Newbury, Massachusetts. The work, which is partially funded by a Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund grant through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, includes replacement of the deteriorated wood-shingle roof, reflashing and spot pointing of the three brick chimneys, repairs to the wooden gutters and downspouts, and conservation of roughly fifteen wood windows.
William Sumner Appleton acquired the onetime tavern in 1911, a year after founding Historic New England. That makes Swett-Ilsley House our earliest property acquisition. It has been open to the public ever since, hosting tours, Ask the Experts preservation programs, and the popular Tales and Ales program.
Come see preservation in action during Historic New England Open House on June 6, when all properties including Swett-Ilsley House are open for free tours.