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April 24, 2013

Volunteers dig together to restore historic garden

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A new foundation is being built for the gazebo, and it will be relocated to its historical spot, as a focal point in the center of the backyard.

The house at the corner of Cabot and Central streets was built by the Cabots, a merchant family, in 1781. According to the Historical Society, it was the first brick mansion built in Beverly.

The house was willed to the Historical Society by a later owner, Edward Burley, in 1891.

A preservation specialist did an assessment of the property in 2012 and put the garden on a list of priorities in need of attention.

The property’s picket fence, a fixture at the Cabot House for at least a century, is deteriorating and portions have been removed. It is beyond repair and must be replaced, Goganian said.

At more than 400 feet long, estimates to replace the fence range from $8,000 to $20,000, she said.

“If I had the money (for the fence), I would do it tomorrow,” she said.

“Part of our mission is to care for historic objects, documents and properties,” Goganian said. “We would do more if we had more resources. It’s certainly important that we do as much as we can ...

“We thought it would be a nice gesture for the whole neighborhood to do something we could all enjoy.”

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

WANT TO HELP?

To volunteer, call Beverly Main Streets at 978-922-8558 or email gwallace@beverlymainstreets.org.

For more information about the restoration, call the Beverly Historical Society at 978-922-1186 or email info@beverlyhistory.org.

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