State grant awarded Skaneateles Creamery project

Senator John A. DeFrancisco, R-I-C, Syracuse, Wednesday announced that he

secured a $75,000 legislative grant for the Skaneateles Historical

Society's museum expansion project.

"I recognize the importance of projects that help to preserve the

history of our community," said Senator DeFrancisco. "That is why I am

pleased that I was able to secure funding for the Creamery expansion


The Creamery, which used to be a place for local farmers to sell

their milk, opened as a museum in 1992. The museum houses hundreds of items related to farming, manufacturing, recreation, transportation, art,

architecture, the press and commerce.

Restoration work began in May of 2008 on the boiler building. The

former boiler plant will soon feature the Boat/Transportation museum. A

small addition will also be built at the northeast corner of the Creamery,

and the two buildings will be connected by a wing adjacent to Skaneateles


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