Anonymous Donor Offers $10,000 Challenge Grant to Complete Saving Peggotty Project

DSC03515A Little Compton man who wishes to remain anonymous has generously offered a $10,000 challenge grant to help complete our Saving Peggotty Project. The donor will match one to one any gift given to support the Historical Society’s stabilization and restoration of Peggotty that arrives between June 1 and Columbus Day up to a total of $10,000.

Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated. Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a plaque in Peggotty’s new display building. As of press time LCHS had raised $3,700 toward the challenge. Donations may be made via mail (P.O. Box 577), phone (401-635-4035) or on-line at littlecompton.org.

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The $20,000 we hope to raise as a result of this challenge will be used to pay for the Category 5 Hurricane Screens that now protect Peggotty during foul weather and the final steps in Master Shipwright Hermann Hinrichsen’s efforts to repair and strengthen Peggotty’s hull.

Peggotty is Sydney Burleigh’s 109-year-old artist studio. The studio is built on the oldest known catboat in existence and is topped by a thatched roof.  In 2014 the Historical Society began a $90,000 campaign to replace Peggotty’s failing boat cradle, build a new display building, and strengthen and restore the studio to ensure that Peggotty will be enjoyed by many generations to come.

LCHS to Present at Catboat Association Meeting

The CatboatDSC03497 Association has invited LCHS President Dora Atwater Millikin and Director Marjory O’Toole to share the history of Peggotty at the Association’s 53rd Annual Meeting in Mystic, Connecticut this weekend, March 6-8, 2015.

The Catboat Association calls Peggotty “the oldest catboat in captivity” dating it to approximately 1850. Marjory will discuss its original use as a fishing boat and ferry boat in the Sakonnet River, itsDSC03515 transformation into Sydney Burleigh’s artist studio in 1906, its journey to the Historical Society in 1962, and the conservation and preservation efforts the Historical Society has undertaken since then.

Most recently LCHS has committed to a $90,000 preservation and conservation project to provide Peggotty with a more supportive boat cradle, a beautiful new display building, and a new more prominent location on the Historical Society grounds.

This summer PegIMG_0258 (1)gotty moved into its new building using a system of planks and rollers that would have made the ancient Egyptians proud. This winter it is tucked safely behind its brand new Category 5 Hurricane Screens.

The screens will come down as soon as the winter snows finally melt away, and Master Shipwright Hermann Hinrichsen will continue his careful restoration of Peggotty’s hull.

We are now just $27,000 away from our fundraising goal and welcome gifts of all sizes to help SAVE PEGGOTTY.