About the The Dann Road House
& Civil War Field
Year Built: ca. 1840
Sponsored By: Currently Not Sponsored
This small plank house is typical of the first small structures often built by the earliest residents of Western New York. Unlike most other homes of this type, Dann Road House was never enlarged. Originally located near Dann and Smith Roads on property owned by the Lapp family, the house was likely rented to a poor tenant farmer or farmhand. Currently, this house features Building Amherst—an exhibit on historic building construction techniques.
What YOUR support will do…
Although restoration work has been completed on the exterior of the home, more is needed. Our plan includes new interiors from walls, to ceilings and even furniture typical of the time period. The long range plan for the dwelling will also include the construction of worm-style, split-rail fencing around the property where the Dann Road house stands. This will be done to better interpret the home in its period’s surroundings. This will also enable Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village to utilize the Dann Road house not just as a historic home, but as a complex for Civil War-era encampments and demonstrations.
The annual cost associated with the maintenance of the Dann Road house, as well as desired projects needed to meet Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village’s goals as an educational center, is estimated at around $10,000. A five year pledge of $2,000 is needed to better care for the structure, interpret the dwelling, and align Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village with the New York State Core Curriculum for our visiting classroom students. Such supported projects will also directly increase admission numbers and help the museum become a self-sustaining center for learning and tourism.
Your support will help the highly trained staff at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village:
- Build outer-lying fences around the Dann Road property
- Complete work needed to maintain the building on an annual basis
- Stabilize and see to the structural needs of the house
- Restore the first floor interiors as well as the second floor interiors
- Develop educational curriculum and interpretation panels for the home
- Add historically-appropriate landscaping to the house