Festival of Trees Calls for Applications for Methuen Historic Preservation Grant Program

The Festival of Trees is now accepting applications for its Methuen Historic Preservation Grant Program. This reimbursement program is designed to provide preservation funding of up to $10,000 to private non-profit organizations, private businesses housed in a historic property, individual homeowners of historic homes, including those listed on the Massachusetts or national historic registers, and public City entities.

“Over the last 13 years, our organization has been instrumental in restoring the history and beauty of the city of Methuen,” said Maureen Pollard, President of the Methuen Festival of Trees. “Our goal has always been to be a catalyst for historic preservation in our community.”

Since its inception in 1994, The Festival of Trees has provided more than $700,000 for public historic restoration projects including the Tenney Gate House, a large portion of the Searles and Tenney granite walls, the Masonic Lodge, the Tower of Angels on the grounds of the former Searles Estate and the tomb of Mary Francis Hopkins Searles. The First Church Congregational in Methuen is a recent grant recipient and is using the funds to complete Phase One of the church’s historic organ restoration.