To The Editor:
After a recent Herald article on the plans for the Worthington Meeting House, area residents have expressed confusion about funding for the project.
To set the record straight, the Town of Berlin owns the Meeting House, but is unable to currently commit funds for its restoration or reuse. Friends of the Worthington Meeting House (FOWMH), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, is charged with accepting donations and seeking funding for the building as a cultural community center and museum.
FOWMH is in the process of having architectural plans completed, a procedure that is required by grant sources. Grants were obtained from the State Historic Preservation Office and Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to pay for the architectural plans. Because the town owns the Meeting House, the grants stipulate that the town must pay for the plans and will be reimbursed by the grantors when the plans are complete. No money was drawn from the town budget for this purpose.
For two centuries our Meeting House was adaptively reused by succeeding generations. It is an architectural monument that, with careful stewardship, will showcase and preserve Berlin’s rich heritage and serve as a much-needed community resource. It has been stabilized to withstand another 200 years, and awaits further transformation by this generation. FOWMH can be reached at FOWMHINC@gmail.com.
Friends of the Worthington Meeting House