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We are currently working on a project tracing back the first families of Farmingdale. At this time we are looking into the NORTON family. If you know of a family that has been here since the middle 1800s and have information you think may help us in our quest, please email.
We hope that you'll join us in delving into our history. We're always open to ideas & new faces!
Tour Kennebec Savings Bank 1/18/2013
We were invited for a tour of the KSB on the 18th of January. Joining us were several officers of the bank as well as Earl Shuttleworth. The other guests were to be Dr. Jacobsohn, Cynthia Bean & her daughter ***** (SO bad with names!) but unfortunately they were not able to attend due to illness.
Our tour started in the conference room where there are several photographs from the original house & families are hung. They took original pics that were shared with them & created a wall of history. It was a lovely tribute to days gone by. They shared with us that the building was built to the LEED standard created by the U.S Green Building Committee, and they are hoping to make the Silver certification in the LEED program. The LEED standards for certification are very strict such as, the windows are 3 glass panes thick and are filled with 2 different types of gas between the layers. The widows were purchased from a company in Belfast (this company is one of the best glass makers in the country). Part of the stipulation of certification is that the building materials must come from within 500 miles of the building. All of the lights in the building are LED for the highest energy efficiency. The light switches are motion sensored only coming on ½ way when someone enters & if they feel they need more light then they can hit a switch to bring on full light. They shared many more features of the building, to many to list.
We toured the main floor which makes up the business end of the bank. Be sure to look up if you have a chance to go into the bank. The ceiling is open all the way to the copula letting in natural light. Upstairs was a large room that went the width of the house & has the wall of windows overlooking the Kennebec River. Unfortunately, this room will be used only for storage as it is not align with the ADA regulation of having an elevator to access it.
Off of this room was a small room where air ducts entered & exited the building. They shared with us that the building is so tight that they need to bring in air that is circulated 25 times an hour to be sure that the air in the building is fresh at all times. The system works by circulating the outside air through a series of ducts and is brought to the right temperature by the air leaving the building. So, when cold air comes in, it’s warmed by the air going out the ducts & vice versa on hot days.
From the top to the bottom, we also got to tour the basement where they shared with us how the geothermal works and that there are 6 wells dug over 400 feet into the earth to provide the bank with their heating & cooling. It really was an amazing system. Just through another door we stepped into a basement that went the length of the bank. I was a huge space that they will use for storage.
We finished our tour with a bag of cookies. KSB wishes to be good neighbors and since they started this process, they have proven that they are true to their word.
On a footnote, they are still debating what they will be doing with the Anchor that was on the chimney. It’s extremely heavy & they’ll let us know what they decide to do. They also found a hitching post & a sundial. Both can be found on the lawn in front of the building. Oh, and the sundial DOES work.
Thank you for letting us represent the FHS. It was an hour well spent!