“Roughly 180 years ago, very talented local craftsmen built this house,” he said. “Now we are very excited that we still have the same quality of craftsmen in this area that will finish the work.”
Maney also said he was excited about the local jobs that the grant would create.
“It is a great thing for the area, because all the workers we will be hiring will be local workers,” he said.
Seward said that one of his first acts in the legislature, in 1988, was to help write an operating agreement between the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Friends of Hyde Hall so that the house could be turned into a museum.
“Certainly everyone here recognizes the fact that Hyde Hall is a wonderful showcase,” he said. “Sometimes history needs a little help and that’s why we are here this morning.”