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Rotarians Hear of Pratt House’s History

FULTON – At a recent Fulton Sunrise Rotary meeting, The Friends of History (aka Pratt House) represented by Paula Rohn, president; Sarah Conley, vice president; and Sue Lane, house manager, were introduced by president-elect Betty Maute.

From left are: Betty Maute and Paula Rohn with (seated) Sarah Conley and Sue Lane.
From left are: Betty Maute and Paula Rohn with (seated) Sarah Conley and Sue Lane.

Sue  talked about the history of the home, built in 1851.

Owners John W. and Harriet Pratt, who made their money in the shipping industry, built the home and lived there from the beginning through 1975, when they moved to the Hayes Farm.

Burger King bought some of the rear property for its parking lot.

In 1979, through the efforts of community leaders, the house was saved from demolition.

There are many original rooms and items, including the dining room table and chairs.

The grand re-opening celebration is set for June 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to rejoice in the successful completion of the projects resulting from this past winter’s damage.

The John Wells Pratt House is listed on the National and NYS Register of Historic Sites.

The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets every Friday at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s.