Burlington Historical Society Sees Community Support in Preserving Town 

The town of Burlington has some members of the community committed to its history.They want to keep that history alive for the next generations to enjoy.”This is Ye Olde Tavern, it’s part of history for Burlington, built in 1844, it’s been many things, it’s been a residence, it’s been a hotel, a tavern,” said Maureen Bean, a member of the Burlington Historical Society.This place has seen it all in Burlington and after standing for over 100 years, time has taken its toll.”It fell into disarray in 1984, that’s when local people gut together and made it a restoration project,” said Bean.When the project began, a new roof was put on, but that was a few decades ago now, so the town’s historical society has been working to get it replaced.”Our project for the summer has been having pancake breakfasts as a fundraiser to put a new roof on,” said Bean.Bean moved back to Burlington after being gone for more than twenty years and is proud to see the support from the town.Like the historical society’s president, Bruce Barker. He currently lives in Lincoln, but has been happy to see the people of Burlington working to honor the town he still calls home.”In the last couple of years Burlington people themselves, a lot more have gotten interested. They wanted to preserve it and just see it stay and prosper, hopefully,” said Barker.Burlington is a place they’d like to share with others.”The historical society has three other buildings besides the tavern filled with with materials, logging industry items, a lot of things donated by families, so we’d like to see it on the map and it’s a fun place for people to come,” said Bean.The society puts on their pancake breakfast at the tavern every Saturday morning from seven to nine to raise funds.If you would like to stop by, the society asks for a donation for the meal.