The members of the William Tennent House Association (WTHA) have successfully saved from demolition the Warminster home of the man who founded Log College, a precursor for many colleges throughout the nation, including Princeton University.
The WTHA, a volunteer organization that formed last fall to save the historic home, has entered into a three-year land transfer agreement with Christ’s Home, Inc., which entails the completion of certain tasks within each year of that timeframe in a cooperative effort to preserve and restore the home.
The goal of the association is to eventually open the house for educational tours, lectures, presentations, and special events. The association also plans to establish a museum and library with Tennent and Warminster Township relics and documents for public education and research.
The WTHA is in immediate need of additional members and volunteers interested in fundraising and grant writing to help secure the necessary funds to meet their first year obligations and begin the historic structure study, which will include dating of the timber frame and support beams through dendrochronological studies, and other material analyses, to guide the group to their goal of a complete restoration of the house.
The association is asking for volunteers interested in contributing to the ongoing maintenance and landscaping needs of the property, including those skilled in the various building crafts that are required to restore the home to its original form, when construction and habitation began in the early eighteenth century.
Also needed are vehicles capable of hauling away the mounds of landscaping debris, that members have already gathered, to a local mulching facility. There are additional volunteer opportunities available for website development, newsletter publication, and Facebook support.
The William Tennent House contains many examples of materials and construction that date as far back as the early 18th century, according to a release.