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Swede Run Supporters Raise More Funds at Moorestown Day

Organizers hope to receive funding from the Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

Supporters of the Swede Run barn project said the group raised nearly $1,300 at , selling prints and watercolors of the vintage building, all painted by area artists. 

One artist, Jan Daniels, a retired Dutch citizen who lives in the Bahamas, but spends summers in Moorestown, created a book containing photographs and history on the historic barn.

According to barn supporter Julie Maravich, the group has raised nearly $17,000 to date, which falls short of the total amount needed to complete the project.

Maravich said the group is working on a proposal to present to the township, requesting that the township release funds from the Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, and match the money which has been raised by the Swede Run supporters thus far. 

“Then, we will have no trouble completing the project,” Maravich said.

She added that the existing rafters had to removed and replaced, and the group's

In an earlier report, Mayor John Button said he'd consider a proposal, adding that

But the good news is, Larry Tait, president of , used reclaimed telephone poles made from solid cedar, which should last for another hundred years, according to Maravich.

Also, Tait has completed the demolition, asbestos remediation and a complete reconstruction of the roof. 

To maintain the historic character of the building, local mason George Bobb repaired the wall holes and cracks, and then he pargeted the interior walls; typically, that means distressing and coloring the walls to lend an aged appearance. 

Other building professionals, including Paul Canton of , will be constructing two door jambs, and Dave Schill will be creating steps and a small landing at the front entrance, as well as some other carpentry work.

Archaeologist Jack Cresson, who has been an adviser on the project, has also been asked to help determine the age of the building.

In the meantime, the organizers are concentrating on other fundraising ideas such a Swedish-themed dinner, aptly suggested given the barn’s name. 

Another possibility is a race: “Since there is a running path surrounding that area, we could do a race or fun walk,” Maravich said.

Prints of Swede Run are still for sale at , and Prints and books are being sold at the 12 High St., Moorestown.

Steph H. June 22, 2012 at 01:00 PM
The Swede Run barn supporters, volunteers and especially Julie Maravich should be commended for their perseverance and dedication to the cause of preserving this lovely local landmark. Through their hard work and successful fundraising efforts, they saved an historic building from demolition and preserved it so it could be enjoyed by generations to come.
HomeBrew June 22, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Amen.
Ed Nice June 22, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Glad to see they are going to ask for funds from the trust fund. They should have done that from the beginning. It would have made life a lot easier on everyone involved. It's what the fund is there for. Glad to see it getting done. The history of our town is one of the things that makes our town should a great place to live.
Townie June 22, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Ed.... The history of our town is one of the things that makes our town should a great place to live. Doesn't that history include a century + of grass fields, utilized during daylight hours, surrounded by farmland? :)
Ed Nice June 22, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Respectfully NO! With that attitude our town employees would be working out of caves and not a town hall. With time come innovation and growth. We have the means and the ability to give the kids a field that needs no down time so why not. We aren't paying for it. The clubs raised more than enough money to pay for themselves. Give it up townie. Your position on the matter makes no sense and is n the minority.
Townie June 22, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Ed, do you keep a document where you just go copy / paste your responses? Your messaging myopia is both commendable and boring. Both of our positions make sense; your agreement with them depends on your perspective. I think you're going to be sadly let down by the majority; you have fewer friends than you think.
Ed Nice June 22, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Nice attempt at deflection Townie. I have no shortage of friends! I have lost the count of how many people have thanked me day in and day out on fighting the good fight here on the patch. I find the time to do it and put my name behind what I say. Like me or hate me, I really don't care. I have lived here for many years and do care about the WHOLE town not just my little corner like some in this town. This town is a much younger town and the KIDS project will benefit a lot of families. I, nor my children will get any benefits from using these field improvements but as a tax payer I would love to see it happen. My only benefit of having the KIDS project happen is it makes our town a better place and can only help with our lower home prices.
Eduardo Como Emprender June 23, 2012 at 02:47 PM
The indecision is our worst enemy when we´ll really want to get succeed. But the indecision can get out if we really followed our instincts and the voice of our heart. Are you think so? <a href="http://comoemprender-comoinvertir.blogspot.com/2012/06/la-indecision-y-la-voz-de-tu-corazon.html ">La indecision y la voz de tu corazon</a>
Smithers August 10, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I thought this was about the the Swede Run Barn? i played in that barn as a child and couldn't be happier to see it being restored with minimal bickering about who's picking up the check!!! kudos

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