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Castle Hill expands
to Edgewood Farm
In the summer of 2013, the family of Castle Hill co-founder, Eleanor Meldahl, presented us with a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to acquire her family property - the historic 11-acre “Edgewood Farm” – at a family price. Since then, Castle Hill has concluded a thorough feasibility study, five year plan and much more by the end of 2014, to answer one key question: Acquire Edgewood? The answer is resoundingly “Yes!" Here’s why.
Edgewood Farm is one of the last large tracts of private land In Truro. Containing both historic and new structures, it is ideally suited to the program aims and needs of Castle Hill, it is entirely in keeping with the values of this community to both grow and preserve the historic and natural beauty of Truro, and it allows Castle Hill to introduce new program elements that build upon and open up our remarkable offerings to the community. It also allows Castle Hill to fulfill a long-time dream of offering an Artists’ Residency Program.
The original farmhouse (Main House) was built around 1849 and was expanded in 1931. By the time the Meldahls bought the farm in 1964, Edgewood included a large renovated barn, guest house, cottage, work/wood shop, orchard, open space and gardens. The “farm” had begun to revert to magnificent woodlands, which now form the bulk of the property. Since then, the Meldahls had added a spacious studio cabin, a writing shed, and a seasonal yurt. All of these spaces are is good usable shape, and modification for Castle Hill’s uses is easily doable. Edgewood also abuts the Cape Cod National Seashore with its miles of trails and fire roads and Castle Hill will preserve half the woodland acreage of Edgewood through an arrangement with the Truro Conservation Trust. This provides and preserves a large area of unprecedented beauty and tranquility, so essential to the creative process. In other words, Edgewood is a perfect place for an active, engaged, and creative community to call home.
Acquiring Edgewood makes it possible for Castle Hill to operate its current Meetinghouse Campus while introducing new elements, including:
Residential spaces for short-term use by students and faculty in season
Off-season residential spaces for Artists in Residence
Year-round studios and work spaces for individual and small group work, including a large heated printmaking studio
Additional class room and seminar spaces
Updated wood/metal shops and fabrication labs to complement the ceramic studio for 3-D work.
Community spaces for indoor and outdoor gatherings - from concerts to readings, from culinary to cultural events
Spaces for our arts partners - other arts organizations in the region - to collaborate on events and programs together in theater, film, music and more
Open-air sculpture gardens!
New media programs, including trans-disciplinary, digital, and installation art
Expanded digital resources and spaces, including music and film
Castle Hill has been given an extraordinary opportunity to acquire the beautiful, historic Edgewood Farm. This will allow us to improve all programs, add long-desired programs, and upgrade space and equipment. After much hard work and increasing excitement over the possibility, our Board has created a $2.8 M capital campaign to acquire, renovate and build capital capacity to sustain Edgewood, enhance our current Meetinghouse campus, and provide richer, more diverse program offerings as well. We have identified more than half of this amount already - and hope you will be part of the team that carries us over the finish line!