The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently granted $4,299 to the York County Heritage Trust to fund the restoration of the summer kitchen roof of the Trust's General Gates House in downtown York.
The replacement of the roof will let the Trust continue to use the property for living history programs. More than 7,500 people visit the site each year, and the summer kitchen is the home of a newly constructed and fully operational bake oven that is a key component for tours and demonstrations throughout the warm months.
The grant covered the removal of the cedar shake shingles, which were decomposed after growing a significant layer of mold and moss. The roof was replaced with a historically accurate roof made from 30-year-old Western Red, hand-split cedar shakes.