Why we need a new roof
We are guessing the current roof to be around 30 to 40 years old. It has survived many an Adirondack winter, but it has now developed quite a few leaking issues and is in a state of disrepair. We need to replace the roof immediately and in the process make it more energy efficient by installing a cold roof to prevent ice build ups and the appropriate insulation. By doing so this will extend the life of the roof as well as helping with the heating bills.
Our goal is to use as much of the local suppliers, labor and materials that we can to complete this project. Hopefully, we will also be able to find a few able bodied volunteers to help.
Once the new roof is installed and all is dry on the inside our next project will be to restore the interior, repairing the damaged ceiling and walls. We are very excited about restoring this building as it has a very rich history in the Town of North Elba. Some of the previous usages or names it has had are the “The White Church,” the “North Elba Grange Hall,” a storage building for the Lake Placid Hospital, “The Old White Church” and the home of “Trinity Chapel.” And now it is the home of Digital Abraham.
About Digital Abraham
Digital Abraham, a nonprofit organization, is about historical preservation, whether it be the Town of North Elba Cemetery, village of Lake Placid, town of North Elba, or Digital Abraham’s new headquarters located at 4 Barkeater way. We want to preserve the rich history this town has to offer for many generations to come and for all the genealogical and history explorers in the world today.
Digital Abraham is a group of individuals who have many different interests and hobbies, but combined we are striving for the same goal, which is linking the historical past with the new digital era.
We plan to reach these goals by using our many skills in technology, genealogy, history, construction, photography and research just to name a few. By engaging and recruiting fellow historians and interested individuals we will inspire research in local history and ancestry for contribution to our project and also invite the community to share and preserve their local family history and stories to bring our town’s history to life.
We are currently in the beginning stages of research and development with intentions of taking the data collected, adding local history and creating an enhanced online exploration and sharing experience.
We are excited to begin this new chapter for 4 Barkeater Way and have plans to create an interactive research facility for the community to use for genealogical and historical research and space for Digital Abraham to grow and expand.
We have started restoration and renovation, which includes the building and surrounding property. As we do rehabilitation of the building we are implementing best quality and LEEDS sustainable practices. To begin this, we are looking to raise funds to replace the roof as it at least 30 years old. This needs to be the 1st step in our restoration plan.
C Peter Ordway