National Trust Historic Sites in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast escaped major damage when Hurricane Sandy cut a path of destruction through the region yesterday.
“There is no substantive damage to any buildings or collections,” said Estevan Rael-Gálvez, vice president of historic sites at the National Trust, “and most importantly, everyone is safe.”
The superstorm slammed into the New Jersey shore Monday evening, packing 80-mile-per-hour winds and wreaking havoc with electrical service, affecting more than two million customers across the Northeast. Landscapes around several sites were affected. Power outages darkened Kykuit and Lyndhurst in New York, and Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut.
Other sites in the path of the storm were Cliveden in Pennsylvania; Belle Grove, Oatlands, and Woodlawn/Pope-Leighey in Virginia; and President Lincoln’s Cottage, Decatur House, and Woodrow Wilson House in the District of Columbia. Trust staff evaluating current conditions at the sites have reported minor roof leaks at Oatlands and Pope-Leighey, and minor damage to stone steps at Kykuit.
“Planning and preparation for the storm helped mitigate serious impacts to the sites,” Rael-Gálvez noted. “I am proud that our staff and co-stewardship partners are skilled at stewardship and crisis management of these assets of the National Trust.”