|PItt House, 8 Main Road, Colrain|
The Colrain Historical Society has moved one notch closer to achieving ownership of its traditional home, the Pitt House at 8 Main Road. The property was left in trust to the town under the will of G. William Pitt in 1976 for the use of the Historical Society as a museum. Recently the town decided to shift the property in trust to the Historical Society, a transfer that required approval first by the office of the state Attorney General and then by Probate Court. Petition for that move has cleared the AG’s office and is now at Probate.
Because of “change of use” from residential to museum, the house and outbuildings must now meet commercial code requirements in order to receive Certificates of Occupancy. The Society has not had use of these buildings since 2018. The heavy lifting required to meet code on these buildings one at a time will begin after Probate rules.
Meanwhile, volunteers are working to secure the town’s material history, the collection of artifacts, photos, textiles and documents housed in these buildings for the people of Colrain. We will return to the Stacy Barn for our meetings and popular programs as soon as possible.