Join APT DC and HistoriCorps for a volunteer work day at the Bostwick House!
We'll be helping rehabilitate the porches at the front and back of the house. This will include restoring the wood elements of the porches through some light carpentry, sanding, and painting. No skills are necessary, and anyone over age 14 can join! Children ages 14 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
HistoriCorps will be provide all the tools, personal protection equipment, and training you need that day, and, in addition, we recommend the following:
- Sturdy work pants and boots, and work shirts you can get dirty! No sneakers, open-toed shoes, spandex, or shorts will be allowed!
- Water! There will be water on site, but it's a good idea to have extra!
- Your own PPE, if you prefer it.
- Carpooling to the site! If you are interested and/or need a ride, please email us.
All registrants will receive an info packet and waiver to sign prior to the work day.
About the House
Bostwick House sets a new record for HistoriCorps: Constructed in 1746, this is the oldest building the organization has ever worked on. Thirty years before the Declaration of Independence, Christopher Lowndes built the 2 1/2-story brick structure in colonial Bladensburg, Maryland to take advantage of the trade the nearby port provided. The stupendous buttress against the house's chimney was added in 1793. During the building's 270 years of life, a number of period-specific details have been added, including its prominent 19th century porch. Bostwick House is on the National Register of Historic Places and a celebrated feature of the town of Bladensburg.
HistoriCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides volunteers of all skill levels with a hands-on experience preserving historic structures on public lands across America. Volunteers work with HistoriCorps field staff to learn preservation skills and put those skills to work saving historic places that have fallen into disrepair. HistoriCorps works to ensure America’s cultural and historical resources exist for generations to come.For more information, visit their website.
We hope you'll join us for this exciting event!
Note: We will not be providing AIA credits for this event.