The cemetery also receives a new American flag, courtesy of the group's Canandaigua chapter
FARMINGTON — The South Farmington Friends Cemetery got a little red, white and blue attention — and some needed financial assistance.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, through sponsorship of the Canandaigua chapter of the organization, presented a $1,000 donation to the South Farmington Friends Cemetery Foundation on Tuesday for its historic chapel facade restoration project.
Canandaigua DAR Regent Glena Larson praised a “wonderful group of volunteers” who came together to restore the cemetery and its chapel after it was damaged during a tornado in 2015.
“This grant will help to stabilize and restore the facade at the front of the chapel,” Larson said.
The chapel building was built by members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union and Quakers of Farmington in 1889.
With the grant, the cemetery group will replace the decking on the front porch with period-appropriate wood planks and stabilize the porch foundation posts. The porch columns will be restored to provide structural support for the original porch roof.
The windows on the facade of the building will be repaired, including the installation of new glass and repair of the window grilles. The front of the chapel will be repainted, including the historic original scalloped front treatments on the facade of the chapel.
This is the largest grant received to date for the cemetery, said Dave Plante, president of its foundation, who expressed appreciation to the members of the Canandaigua DAR.
“We’ve made great strides toward restoring what is very beloved to us … the chapel,” Plante said. “We have a lot of work to do, but with your help, Glena, and the rest of your patriots with the DAR here in Canandaigua, we have a little bit less that we have to do.”
The DAR grants program started in 2010. Funding is awarded to community projects that promote the organization’s mission areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism.
Larson said hundreds of grant applications are received every year, so receiving one is “even more special.”
As was said, more work is needed. On tap for volunteers are scraping and painting, which is set to take place in July and August.
Ron Herendeen, a trustee of the cemetery, said to stay tuned for work details.
"We'll take any volunteers," he said.
Besides the grant, the Canandaigua chapter also presented a new American flag to the cemetery, which replaced an older flag and was raised during a brief ceremony.