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Pig roast benefits historical Pine Plains residence

PINE PLAINS — Backyard Garden, a local restaurant and bar, hosted a pig roast fundraiser for the Little Nine Partners Historical Society to benefit the restoration project for the Graham-Brush House on Saturday, July 16.The Graham-Brush House is one of the original residences built in Pine Plains. The structure was built using large logs harvested from Pine Plains. Nearly all of the original materials from the house are still intact, including original doors, wood floors and fireplace, which makes the building very unique. “[The original materials] weren’t torn down as much as built over,” said Historical Society Vice President Scott Chase.More than 200 tickets were sold for the pig roast. Ann Simmons, the historical society’s president, said that she had to turn away several people because of restrictions on both space and food.Pat Puca and Vikky Soracco, owners of the Backyard Garden, donated nearly all of the elements of the party, including the space, food and live music.Wesley Chase and Doug Miller manned the roasting pit. Miller, a third-generation roaster, has been roasting pigs on spits for 38 years. They began cooking the pig at 2 a.m. to ensure it would be ready for the 6 p.m. dinner call.Mike and Wayne Meiller of Meiller Meat’s Market (and, yes, that’s the proper punctuation) were on hand to slice and dice the succulent pork for the guests.Simmons said she was pleased with the turn out and the support for the restoration project.“[The Graham-Brush House] is a source of history,” said Simmons. “ It will teach people about the history of Pine Plains. We don’t want it to be forgotten and lost.”The Graham-Brush House was purchased roughly 12 years ago by the historical society. Chase said that it was purchased using grants, but the majority of the funds came through donations made by the community, which, according to Chase, has been incredibly supportive of the project.The historical society has already completed several phases of the restoration, including restoring the fireplace and installing a new wood-shingle roof.Once the restoration project is complete, the society hopes to open the building to the public as a museum and tourism center. The house will also display community artifacts.“We want to make a usable community space,” said Chase.

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