By: Lee Henwood
Renovation and repair of the Telephone Exchange Museum will begin in earnest this month. A contractor is being hired to return the building to its original condition of 100 years ago. This will be a multi-year project, and will begin with the removal of the existing kitchen and bathroom area and installation of a front porch. Wood will be replaced, walls, floor, and ceiling stripped down to their original condition, cleaned, painted, and polished as necessary. Eventually the exterior of the house will be repainted and a new roof installed.
While this has been going on, the Museum Committee has been developing a plan for museum displays and exhibitions. The Museum will show the history of Rosemark, the Telephone Exchange, and the surrounding area by displaying artifacts and other items relevant to the local history inside the museum. The museum will devote one entire room to the Rosemark Telephone Exchange, one room to local history up to 1900, and another room to local history from 1900 to the present day.
Information kiosks and other signage will provide a written representation of local history. This will include photographs, letters, diary entries, and other significant documents. Although the museum is still a work in progress, the public will be able to view exhibits by the time of the Country Fair at Rosemark on September 29, 2018.