Southampton Historical Society, after about a decade of effort, has reached its goal of purchasing the drywall needed for its Point Pleasant School project.

Funds made available by the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, specifically, the Earl and Jeanne Berkey fund, allowed the group to reach its goal.

Even with the current climate, the society was able to move ahead with the electricity, the insulation, construction of a handicap ramp, and finally the installation of the drywall.

Jeannie Zimmerman, the society’s vice president, said the group has been raising funds for about 10 years.

“We raise funds little by little,” she said. “We’ve actually done quite a bit of work.”

Of reaching the goal, she said, “It’s a major milestone.”

It takes a long time, she continued, adding that the biggest obstacle was finding a local contractor that could work with the group both in terms of cost and being available to work when the society is available.

The news comes as the society prepares for one of its biggest annual events this weekend.

The group’s upcoming fundraiser will be its annual picnic and hike on Sunday at Sweet Root park near Chaneysville. The picnic will begin at 1 p.m. and hike at 2 p.m.

Food will be provided with donations appreciated. All proceeds will go toward further restoration projects at Point Pleasant.

After the picnic, those who attend can choose to stay in the park and learn more about the French and Indian war era with “Muzzleloaders and Fiddles,” take the hike up the mountain to the Salt Petre Cave, or take a short walk to explore what is left of what once was a CCC camp. All events are a great way to experience history.

The annual raffle held by the group will be drawn on Election Day at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 784-3216. Many nice items are part of the raffle.

For more information, visit their website: www.southamptonhistoricalsociety.com or their Facebook page History of Southampton Township Bedford Co. PA.

Contact Paul Rowan at prowan@bedfordgazette.com, 623-1151, ext. 140.

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