The Admiral Digby Museum is looking for $6,800 to fix their roof.
Both the town of Digby and the Municipality of the District of Digby have received a request for financial assistance from the association president Angela O’Neil.
“Our roof is in drastic need of re-shingling to prevent damage to the building and its contents,” wrote O’Neil to the councils. “We are asking for assistance with this renovation project as it will be a major financial drain on our already limited funds.”
The project proposal points out the roof hasn’t been shingled in 17 years.
“It is in need of attention now before the condition deteriorates further, putting the building itself as well as the museum contents (artifacts) at risk for damage.”
The $6,800 price comes from a verbal quote from Brian Manzer on the cost of reshingling the roof.
The building known locally as the Woodrow/ Dakin House was built in the mid 1800s and is one of the oldest structures in the town of Digby.
The contents of the museum include an organ from 1870, a 1909 Edison phonograph, a melodeon from the mid-1800s and an 1890s hand-crafted grandfather clock. The museum also holds ship models, navigation equipment, vintage clothing and costumes, documents, ledgers and artifacts important to the early settlers of Digby.
The museum has one full-time staff member and one part-time; 14 volunteers donated 5100 volunteer hours in the last fiscal year, while the museum welcomed 2100 visitors and assisted 200 genealogy researchers.