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Aurelia Heritage Society to replace trees at Heritage House

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

AURELIA - At its annual meeting last week, the Aurelia Heritage Society Board of Directors heard Duane Kent's suggestions about possible trees to replace two storm-damaged trees at the Heritage House.

The Heritage House in Aurelia. Photo by Dan Whitney
Kent made several recommendations, and the Board voted to purchase two "Sienna Glen" Freeman maple trees from Del's Garden Center in Spencer.

The Sienna Glen maple has potential height of 60 feet, with a 40-foot spread. Its foliage is green, with a burgundy red in the fall. These trees were chosen by the Board because they have a shorter growing time than the other suggested trees, and also because the maple leaf is a symbol of Canada, which was the birthplace of the builder and original owner of the house, Reuben R. Whitney.

Kent, who works part-time at Del's, said he would be willing to transport the trees back to Aurelia, and he also volunteered to help in the planting process.

Paint It Black - Ron Tuttle is shown spray painting the 1880s vintage iron fence that was recently installed in front of the Heritage House in Aurelia. Photo by Dan Whitney.
The Heritage House, located at 404 Main St., is one of the first homes built in Aurelia, in approximately 1879. The Heritage Society owns the house and property, and the members have lovingly restored it to a semblance of its original appearance, complete with period furnishings.

Tours of the home are available upon request. Contact City Hall in Aurelia, and they will forward your request to a Heritage Society member.

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