Effort to Save Woodstock’s Historic Chamberlin Mill clears Hurdle
(excerpted from 10-24-13 Press Release)
The Internal Revenue Service has recently granted tax exempt (501c3) status to Chamberlin Mill, Inc. This non-profit organization was established in 2012 by citizens interested in saving a rare historic sawmill on the Still River in Woodstock as a cultural asset for the region. Tax exemption is seen as a critical step in the on-going preservation effort.
According to Chamberlin Mill board member, Lyn Smith, “The tax exempt non-profit status is crucial to fund-raising efforts that will stabilize this important cultural resource. The mill will serve as an educational opportunity across a wide range of interests, including industrial and New England history, post and beam construction, and the environment.”
Jean McClellan, President of Chamberlin Mill, Inc., adds, “We are very lucky to have found our way through the tax exemption approval process. Incorporation, a year ago, was the easy part. Then we waited ten months for the IRS to take a look at our application. In the end, review of our application was expedited with the support of Rep. Joe Courtney's office. Once on the fast track, approval was swift. If it had not been expedited, we could have expected many more months of waiting. We are extremely grateful to Rep. Courtney's office, and eager to move forward with next steps for saving the mill.”
Congressman Joe Courtney visits Chamberlin Mill
Photo l. to r. Gene Tewksbury, Field Representative for Congressman Courtney, Ayla Kardestuncer,
Gail White, Andy Quigley, Jean McClellan, Congressman Joe Courtney, Evelyn Cole Smith
On Wednesday, November 6, 2013 CT 2nd District Congressman Joe Courtney and his Field Representative, Gene Tewksbury, toured Chamberlin Mill with members of the Chamberlin Mill, Inc. Board and Gail White, President of the Woodstock Historical Society. This was the Congressman's first visit to the mill, in whose progress (as described above) he has had a significant hand this year.