Harrington House · 45 Main St.
Freeport, Maine · 207.865.3170
Pettengill Farm Powder Post Beetle Removal
Help Us Protect This Unique Historic Structure!
The Pettengill Farmhouse is under attack! We've discovered an infestation of powder post beetles in the building. These critters like to munch on the wood inside buildings, and the Pettengill Farmhouse, with its old-growth wooden beams and wide-spaced floorboards, provides quite the feast! If left untreated, this infestation will damage the integrity of the very structure of the house, and threaten the entire building.
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Thankfully, the means of ridding the Farmhouse of these invaders is relatively straightforward. We'll be working with Modern Pest Services of Brunswick to apply a non-toxic solution of boric acid to the exposed woodwork in the house, which will kill the beetle larvae when they emerge in the Spring, and prevent new insects from making their homes in our historic house!
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The Pettengill Farmhouse is an unusual example of a late 18th/early 19th saltbox house on the coast of Maine. More than that, its historic significance comes from the relative integrity of the structure - it was never wired for electricity, nor plumbed for running water, and the footprint of the building may well be the same as it was upon its construction. Throughout the house, examples of historic woodwork abound, from split-lath walls to Georgian-style fireplace surrounds and painted wood floorboards. All of this would be under threat if the beetle infestation went untreated. The house also contains unique plaster etchings in the upper walls, known as sgraffiti, which are of particular interest to historians, but provide an intriguing insight into the house's early residents.
We need to raise $6,000 to treat the woodwork and protect this historic building. Please consider making a donation towards this cause - every little helps! To make a donation for this cause, check "I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund," and select "Pettengill Farm Powder Post Beetle Removal":