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National Monument to the Forefathers. Plymouth, Massachusetts

On Tuesday, October 14, 2003, the day following Columbus Day, Hampton volunteers from Boston and Providence traveled back to were the first Americans arrived to refurbish a symbolic piece of U.S. history. Since its dedication more that 100 years ago, the 81 foot tall National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth MA – one of the nations largest solid granite statues – has seen its image of the lady “Faith,” her pedestal and walkway of historic pavers deteriorate from time and weather. In an event to mark its public-private partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Hampton Hotels utilized its “Save-A-Landmark” program and hotel volunteers to refurbish the sites 107-foot walkway in the Monument’s first step toward restoration.

The “Oldest House” in the U.S.: Santa Fe, New Mexico

On May 15, 2003, Hampton Hotel volunteers converged at the Oldest House under the guidance of Cornerstones, a local non-profit organization dedicated to restoring rural Hispanic villages and Indian Pueblos, to rehabilitate this historic structure. The refurbishment involved recreating its original mud bricks and plaster substance to re-plaster the interior walls; re-roof the structure; repair its entry door; remove street concrete pavement that was retaining moisture and damaging its walls; creating a bed of creek stone that would draw moisture away from the building, and creating landscaping outside the building. This and other work in excess of $48,000 funded entirely by Hampton was done to allow St. Michael’s College, owners of the house, to turn the structure into a museum for tourist to safely walk through and walk back in history.

“See Rock City” Barn. Sevierville, Tennessee

Hampton employees and community volunteers partnered together to repaint and restore the “See Rock City” barn on June 15, 2000, rebuilding the walls, doors, and roof. Traveling from Nashville, First Lady Martha Sundquist was on-hand assisting the efforts to restore the 60-year old icon.

Uncle Sam Statue. Ottawa Lake, Michigan

On July 2, 2001, just two days before the first Independence Day of the new millennium, several Hampton volunteers paid tribute to Uncle Sam by restoring his huge twin statue to its original towering glory. Suffice to say, volunteers gave the patriotic icon an extra, extra large coat – of paint – and re rejuvenation he needed after 40 years of deterioration.

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Thomas Point Shoal Light. Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland.

Two mini-grants from the Annapolis, London Town, and South County Heritage Area, funded in part by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, have supported preservation and interpretation projects at Thomas Point Shoal Light, a National Historic Landmark lighthouse in its original location in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland. In this image, preservationists and volunteers take a break from their restoration work on the Thomas Point Shoal Light.

(pole raising photo) Lord Mayor’s Tenement, London Town, Maryland

Volunteers, principally members of the Annapolis Woodworkers guild, assisted restoration carpenter Russell Steele through the reconstruction process of The Lord Mayor’s Tenement. Funding for this project was provided in part by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

(finished house) Lord Mayor’s Tenement, London town, Maryland.

A 20’ X 20’ earthfast wood house with a wood chimney and adjacent garden and house yard. The structure provides the setting for interpretation of 1700—1720 domestic life of indentured servants, tradesmen, and slaves who lived in London Town.

Cleaning Charred Post

Graduate student carefully excavates the remains of a charred post.

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Thatching council house.

Zulus from South Africa used more than 100,000 palm fronds to thatch the Council House.

Tauck guest-volunteers have completely scraped and restrained four amphitheaters within Yellowstone. This photo, illustrating the “before” and  “after” value of the guest-volunteer’s hard work, underscores the need for preventative maintenance.
Two young guest volunteers at Yellowstone participate in staining a historic cabin.
The Tauck program is a true “win-win” proposition. Yellowstone National park benefits in obvious ways, but the program also has deep meaning to its participants. In a survey of guest-volunteers, 86% said that volunteering enhanced their Tauck vacation, and 94% said they would volunteer again if given the opportunity.