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Historic Johnson Farm wins grant for window replacement

Two foundations have awarded $35,000 to Historic Johnson Farm to begin restoration of the windows on the historic farmhouse.

The Community Foundation of Henderson County gave $25,000 and the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation $10,000.

The brick house at the farm is 142 years old, and work is necessary on the windows. The glass itself is original, and over time, panes have cracked. The window frames have peeling paint and will need to be scraped, primed, and painted. Low E glass storm windows will be installed to provide the UV protection to protect the precious artifacts inside the house. Once all of the repair work is done, the windows will be in good shape for decades to come.

“We are so grateful to these two organizations for seeing the value in this historic property and granting us the ability to restore and maintain it,” said executive director Mandy Gibson. Logan Restoration out of Asheville will complete the work.

Historic Johnson Farm features 15 acres of forest, fields, and streams, 10 historic structures, animals and picnic tables. The farm was a gift to schoolchildren and the community by the late Vernon and Leander Johnson. The Community Foundation of Henderson County, founded in 1982, supports charitable programs in the greater Henderson County area. The Marion Stedman Covington Foundation, founded in 1986, reflects Marion Stedman Covington’s value of love of history and regional heritage by providing grants to help with Historic Preservation in North Carolina.

While these grants will cover a large portion of the cost of the window restoration project, if anyone is interested in contributing to the remaining cost, checks may be mailed to the farm at 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, NC, 28791. Online donations can also be given here by clicking “Give to the farm” and choosing “Window Restoration Project” from the drop-down list.