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We would like to invite you to join or renew your membership for the 2023 season! Please use the link below to visit our online shop and renew today! Your membership matters, and we appreciate your support!
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2023 Gilchrist Gallery Schedule
Dates and Details Coming Soon!
About the Gilchrist
Built during the Colonial era, the mansion stood within the stockade boundary of colonial Fort Cumberland. Artifacts dating from the French and Indian War have been found on the property. In 1843, Judge Thomas Perry began building the residence. It is one of the oldest brick structures on Washington Street. Judge Oliver Cromwell Gephart purchased property in 1875 at public auction, and soon enriched the house with many new features and additions. In 1916 the mansion was passed on to the Gephart’s daughters, Mary and Susan.
After Mary Gephart Gillette’s death, her granddaughter, Christine Gillette Piper bought the house from her estate in 1953. Christine’s main contribution was the loving and dedicated preservation of the house and gardens. She and her ancestors had lived in the mansion for 120 years.
The house was later purchased by Mrs. Jeanette Gilchrist and donated to the Cumberland Cultural Foundation for the purpose of creating a gallery, which was accomplished in 1999. Mrs. Gilchrist requested the gallery be named in memory of her husband, C. William Gilchrist, patron of the arts.
Executive Board Members 2022
Courtney McKay Jensen
Gilchrist Garden Restoration and Beautification Project
GOAL: $15,000 by the end of 2023! We appreciate your support!
The Gilchrist Gardens have long been a local treasure. Over the years, the garden grounds and plant life have been in need of updating and care to restore it to its former glory. We are asking for your help to make that happen! All money donated will be used to create space for our Commemorative Memorial Brick Program, as well as revitalizing the entire front and back landscaping to restore a greener, more updated community event space.
This program will encourage community gardeners of all ages and experience to learn about plants and garden care. Plantings will be scheduled and programs will be created for children to “play in the dirt” and connect with nature, along with adults who love to garden. These community engagement activities will be scheduled in the coming year! There will be community planting events to be scheduled for anyone wishing to volunteer their time to our efforts. Please keep an eye on our facebook page, The Gilchrist Garden Club, for details!
We thank you for your contribution and support. It is through your support that we are able to improve the grounds for our community, and engage the residents of our town in educational activities!
We have several suggested donation amounts, but are grateful for any contribution you can make.
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Sponsored by The Cumberland Cultural Foundation Membership. Cumberland Cultural Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.