During the transformation of the Darlington Schoolhouse into the Trail Conference’s future headquarters, only a small amount of the existing building will change. The Trail Conference is conscious of preserving as much of the existing material as possible while creating a new addition.
Part of Darlington’s original structure consisted of an outhouse used during the time it was run as a one-room schoolhouse. Over time when outhouses became obsolete, it was transformed and enlarged into a garage. As seen in this photo, the shingle portion is from the original outhouse and the concrete portion marks where the garage was later added.
The rear of the original building is where the attached boiler room and semi-detached garage once stood. The boiler room was constructed from fieldstone, native to the Mahwah area. This past week, when VHI Builders removed the boiler room and garage to prepare for construction of the addition, they took care to separate the fieldstone from other materials for later repurposing.
In addition, local business Red Wood Tree Service, of Ramsey, removed trees from the property’s perimeter, as removal of some trees is necessary for the creation of the nature preserve. Just like the fieldstone, the black locust, ash, and maple have all been set aside in order to be put to future use. These timber logs have been placed in front of the Schoolhouse until they are ready to be milled.
The foundation and footings for the new addition are scheduled to be in place before the end of March.