Carriage house

The Carriage House at the Phelps Community Historical Society will be dedicated Friday in honor of former Phelps historian Don Tiffany.

PHELPS — Former town historian Don Tiffany will be honored Friday evening, when the Carriage House at the Phelps Community Historical Society is dedicated in his memory.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Howe House Museum, 66 Main St. The carriage house is part of the museum property.

Sarah Landschoot, vice president of the Phelps Community Historical Society, said the program will include some background and history on the Howe House and carriage house. The society obtained the property in 1999 following its purchase from an anonymous donor, and raised more than $100,000 to renovate the site into a museum.

Landschoot said numerous local volunteers, including Tiffany, worked to make the museum what it is today. Tiffany, also a longtime Boy Scout leader and retired transportation supervisor in the Phelps-Clifton Springs school district, was the town of Phelps historian from 1999 until his death in 2015.

“The program will include the proposals and progression for renovating the carriage house, and Don’s vision for the carriage house and his lasting legacy at the Phelps Community Historical Society and the community,” Landschoot said. “Not long before he passed, Don and I discussed — along with a few other people — what the carriage house could become, housing agricultural equipment and using it as an educational space with artifacts.”

The carriage house will be open to guests following the dedication.

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