As I mentioned before, the park is closed but we still have lots of projects we are working on. Here is a collection of some of the random volunteer projects being done at Fort Frederica.
Tom and Tim rebuilt the rope bed in the palmetto hut. The ropes had gotten pretty slack and the bed was wobbling. So they put some screws in it to hold it together and redid the ropes. Both of them tested it out, so they know it can hold up to 220 pounds.
Tom and I washed the windows at the Visitors Center. They can get pretty dirty with bird poop, fingerprints, and pollen from the trees. Also, we have lots of spiders that like to build webs in the corners. He did the outside and I did the inside. I’m not sure when the windows were last washed, but I’m pretty sure it was more than a year ago. They look much better now.
I’ve been cleaning up trash along the road every week. Linda and I both enjoy this task because we get outside for a nice walk. This last week, with the stay-at-home order in place, I picked up less than half a bucket of trash! Just a couple of weeks before, Linda and I had three buckets full along the same route.
Tom, Denise, and Bob redid the roof on the archaeological education building. The building was wobbling and they thought they were going to have to rebuild the whole thing. But, when they jacked up a couple of the posts and reattached the plastic sheets on the roof, it was solid again.
Denise and Bob painted the laundry shed so it matched the National Park brown of the other buildings. They also cleared away the concrete pallets that had been sitting by the shed for the last four years. It looks much better now.
These are some of the random volunteer projects we have been working on over the last few weeks. Just little things, but they make us feel useful and like we are contributing to the welfare of the park.