Kirkland congratulates Marcus Hook Preservation Society on state grant

HARRISBURG, June 13 – The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved an $80,000 matching-fund grant today for the Marcus Hook Preservation Society, state Rep. Brian Kirkland announced today.   

The grant will help fund the second phase of a four-phase project to restore the 1730 Marcus Hook Plank House to its 1750 period, the date of the rear kitchen addition.

Phase 1 saw the restoration of the mortise-and-tenon roof framing system, new wood shingle roofing and chimney restoration. Phase 2 also will complete the restoration of the building envelope, including demolition of a late 20th-century addition.

“I’m so pleased that the Marcus Hook Preservation Society was able to secure this competitive state grant,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “The Plank House means so much to Marcus Hook’s historical identity. Due in part to the heavy role that Marcus Hook played in Revolutionary War naval battles, it is the only pre-Revolutionary War structure we have left to help tell our story.

“Congratulations to the society. We all look forward to the restoration being complete.”

The Marcus Hook Preservation Society is a nonprofit organization formed in 2004 to preserve the history of the Borough of Marcus Hook through educational programming, events and community involvement. The group owns the Marcus Hook Plank House, is in the process of renovating it and has sponsored archaeological digs on its grounds.