c.1879 Historic Fiddyment Ranch Home, West Roseville
Center, c. 1885, Walter Fiddyment with two of his children outside the original Fiddyment home.
Right, c. 2009, home as it stands today.
National Register of Historic Places, #10000503
At its first board meeting of 2016, the Roseville Historical Society [RHS] board of directors felt it was prudent to create a committee specifically for the task of ensuring this historic property is protected and preserved. It is also the aim of the committee to work with the City of Roseville to create a public place where the community can enjoy this incredible part of Roseville’s past.
The city has ownership of the property. An update about the property was given in December during a meeting of RHS board members and city officials. City officials, Dominick Casey and Tara Gee, reported that the current caretakers of the property were ordered to vacate by January 31, 2016. Once the home is empty, members of the city and Signature Properties will perform a walk-through and create a list of items for repair. Repairs are expected to be ongoing for several months, during which time the site is to be securely protected.
The city has requested RHS assistance in finding and writing grants for preservation funding and input into the future use of the site. The Roseville Rotary club has also expressed interest in assisting with the project.
To that end RHS would like this committee to engage with the city and community in the following ways:
- To understand the maintenance schedule, its costs and any ramifications repairs would have on the historic property.
- To ensure that the site is protected as repairs are underway. There are two structures on the site currently in dangerous decay; the original 1879 smokehouse and cooler buildings. Both are brick structures with original mortar.
- To communicate to the community about the property and the potential it holds for its positive impact on Roseville and its history. Garner interest in the process and build the committee.
To engage with the Parks and Recreation Department about the future use of the structure. (Living History Museum.)
If you would like to be a part of this important work, please email committee co-chairs, Jeanne Lindberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Denise Fiddyment at email@example.com. You can also email the President of the Roseville Historical Society, Christina Richter at christina@CRFamilyStory.com.
All are welcome! Thank you for your interest!
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