CGP Student Project

Patricia Norman, Samantha Strzepek, and Sara Umland, second-year students in the Cooperstown Graduate Program, worked with professor Cynthia Falk last spring to nominate the Jewel Family Homestead in Guilford, Chenango County, to the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.  The property includes a circa 1824 house built by the Jewell family using a traditional New England form. The house has been owned by Jewell descendants since its construction. Updates to the property show technological and social developments and include the addition of a kitchen wing to allow for cooking on an iron stove, a privy, and a small barn. In the early twentieth century family owners invested in the derelict property as a memorial to their predecessors, choosing to keep and augment historic features.  On September 22, the New York State Board for Historic Preservation voted to move the Jewell Homestead forward for listing.   Congratulations Trish, Sam, and Sara!