Saturday show, auction to raise money for historic barn

  • Wilder Homestead Barn CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 9/19/2018 11:31:24 PM

BUCKLAND — Enjoy local musicians and bid on local goods Saturday at a benefit to raise money to save and restore the Wilder Homestead Barn.

The Variety Show and Silent Auction takes place Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Buckland Public Hall on Upper Street, just off Route 112. Besides home-grown entertainment and refreshments, there is a chance to bid on at least 20 goods and services, ranging from restaurant gift certificates and Red Sox tickets to artwork and antique furnishings.

The Colonial two-story house was built for Gardner Wilder in 1775 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places at least eight years ago. Wilder was Buckland’s first treasurer. The house remained in the Wilder family for five generations, until it was donated to the Buckland Historical Society in 1981. The barn was built in 1779. Today it is used by the Buckland Historical Society during open houses as a place for Colonial craft demonstrations, including weaving on a full-sized barn loom.

Among the musicians performing that night are: Whistlestop (Steve Howland, Sonny Crawford and Deborah Hill Stevens); Michael Hoberman and Al Ladd; Melissa Willis and Amy Crawford; Jorie McLeod and Jim Bonham; Hannah French; Frank Rozelle; Dan Mojallali and Deborah Hill Stevens; Sonny Crawford and Emily Gopen.

Items to be auctioned include gift certificates from local restaurants, maple farms and bookstores; an antique dresser, sap bucket, table, and box; an original oil painting, handmade quilted leather bag, body work, and two Red Sox tickets.

Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for those under age 18 or over 65. Tickets are available at Buckland Public Library or online at:


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