COURT HOUSE - Historic Cold Spring Village is the grateful recipient of a $1,000 Hurricane Recovery Grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. In response to the widespread impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Council initiated a hurricane recovery grant program for New Jersey humanities organizations. Grant funds were made available to non-profit organizations that faced additional operating expenses including labor and maintenance costs incurred when bracing for or cleaning up after the storm. Recovery grant funds could also be used to cushion revenue losses from cancelled programs. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, received the funds for the recovery grant program as part of a special hurricane relief package from the national agency.
The Village incurred a burden of nearly $6,000 from Hurricane Sandy in combined labor and facility costs, as well as decreased program revenues and retail sales. The physical impact of Sandy created increased labor for Village maintenance staff in preparing the thirty acre property, which is comprised of twenty-six restored historic structures and an eight acre farm complex. During the storm, the Village sustained flooding and damage to the grounds which required clean-up as well as the creation of a system of trenches and pumps to accelerate water run-off.
The Annual Candlelight Walk, a staple event at the Village, was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy. As a result, ticket sales fell. According to Clare Juechter, HCSV Director of Retail Sales, the Country Store saw a drop in sales over October and November as a result of closures and reduced foot traffic. “Those funds are so important to help ready the Village for next season’s programming,” Juechter said, “the grant will certainly help the Village recover from those unexpected losses.”
Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American era. Its mission includes the preservation of 26 historic Cape May County buildings, history education and promoting heritage tourism. The Village is a museum for all seasons. During the summer months, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of “the age of homespun.” From October to May, the emphasis is on teaching history through school trips to the Village, classroom visits by the education department and interactive teleconferences with schools throughout the United States. Admission during the season is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. The Country Store is open weekends throughout the fall for holiday shopping. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner’s Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern end of the Garden State Parkway.
For more information, call (609) 898-2300, ext. 10 or visit the Village website at www.hcsv.org.