By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
DANVILLE — The Montour County Historical Society has some money to start outside restoration work on its museum, museum addition and an upcoming museum but needs more funds.
A fundraising campaign has begun to help with projects at the Montgomery House Museum, at 1 Bloom St.; the museum addition, at 3 Bloom St.; and the Boyd House, which is the former Danville Elks Club building, at 5 Bloom St.
The Danville Business Alliance approved two façade grants of $5,000 each for the museum and the Boyd House, according to museum curators Sue Tinsley and Diane Zamboni.
In addition to those funds, Montour County’s commissioners allocated a $4,000 tourism grant for the Montgomery House Museum and a $3,000 tourism grant for the Boyd House.
The society, which owns the buildings, hopes work can start in the spring “as soon as the weather breaks,” Tinsley said.
“We’re excited about getting the project started,” she said.
The Boyd House is proposed as a mining and manufacturing museum and a military museum. As people enter the three-story building, they would see military displays in the older front portion of the building. The back of the first floor would house the mining and manufacturing museum.
Tinsley and Zamboni said society members are working as hard as possible so the Boyd House can open as a museum.
“Money is needed. It needs extensive restoration inside,” Zamboni said.
Boyd House restorations will involve badly damaged wood portions, such as repairing soffit and fascia, priming and painting windows, replacing soffit, fascia and moldings on the porch and replacing a hidden gutter system on the porch, replacing porch base columns, painting the porch ceiling and porch floor and painting the wrought iron railing.
Exterior work on the addition to the Montgomery House Museum is planned. At least the white aluminum siding in the front of the building will be removed. The front would be restored to the original wooden clapboard, Zamboni said.
If the society receives enough funds, siding could be removed from the rest of the addition, where an Elks manager lived at one time.
“It will make it more appropriate to the age of the house,” Tinsley said of the restoration.
“Once the façade work is done, it will make this corner look really nice coming into Danville,” Tinsley said.
Besides removing aluminum siding, the addition project will include removing aluminum storm windows, reframing window trim to match siding and repairing the end porch column.
Work at the Montgomery House Museum will include scraping, priming and painting the soffit and fascia and scraping, priming and painting windows and doors and gables.
“If there are people who haven’t already been contacted, they can contribute by sending donations to the society at P.O. Box 8, Danville,” Tinsley said.
The society has owned the museum addition since the 1960s. It has owned the Montgomery House Museum since when the society was formed in 1940.
The Montgomery House Museum, built in 1792, and the addition are listed on the National Historic Register.
The Montgomery family lived in the house until about 1939. William Montgomery founded Danville, which was named for his son, Daniel.
Daniel Montgomery Boyd, grandson of Daniel Montgomery, lived in the Boyd House, built in 1881.