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"We also donated an equal amount so that the door on the farm's smokehouse may be restored," Wentling said. "The door is weathered, and it doesn't operate. By the time they're finished this summer, it will be an operating, restored smokehouse door."
In addition to supporting Historic Schaefferstown and its apprentice program, in which students learn Colonial crafts from mentors, Wentling said Questers also contributes to local libraries as well as other historic societies, such as
Wentling said the group holds an auction and pecan sale each year, and the proceeds are used to fund local projects.
The money donated to Historic Schaefferstown will cover labor and supplies to restore the smokehouse door, Wentling said.
"It will look the way it looked before and be in good condition," Oskam said. "This was the smokehouse that was here on the property when
The building was used to smoke hams and other meats to preserve them for the winter months, she explained.
"We're trying to have everything on the farm as historically correct as we can," she said. "So, restoring the door will help."
This is the third grant Historic Schaefferstown has received from Questers. In the past, the group has donated money to restore basement doors at the Gemberling-Rex House, an 18th century tavern at
Each year, the group donates a smaller amount to the apprentice program.
"They're good to us," Oskam said of Questers.
Questers, founded in 1944 in
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