Restoring the Museum’s Front Porch

Sag Harbor, New York, USA

Join forces with Tom O'Donoghue Associates, Cape Resorts to

Villages are living breathing entities reflecting the character and spirit of those who reside within. In the words of Jean Vanier*, “Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world….” The heritage of our community is kept vividly alive through the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum. More than just a museum, it’s the cultural center of the community – offering a gathering spot for all.

“People respond to this museum as if it’s their own front porch and front yard. It’s the heart of the community.” – Greg Therriault, the Museum’s Manager.


How this project makes a difference

sag-harbor-whaling-museum-porchThis project is to fund the restoration of the front porch, and to make it handicap accessible. The restoration will include replicating the original porch railings, lost long ago. The front porch is a unique cultural symbol of American ideals. The American front porch fostered a sense of community and neighborliness by forcing interaction and connection. So yes, this project is to fund the restoration of the front porch, but it’s so much more… a convivial space for people to gather, to linger…to connect.

Our Goal

We need to raise $24,750 by May 15. These funds will cover all costs including labor, material, and fees. Two very generous businesses have stepped up to contribute more than half of the costs. Tom O’Donoghue Associates has pledged $15,000, and Baron’s Cove, part of Cape Resorts, has pledged $5,000. Now we need your help. Join the circlehood. By partnering with Tom O’Donoghue Associates and Baron’s Cove your contribution will complete the project. When individuals and businesses work together to do good, more good happens more quickly. Let’s see if we can’t achieve our goal in a record-breaking thirty days.


Thank you!
This project ended 05/15/2014 and raised a total of $24,425
  • Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

    The mission of the museum is to preserve, interpret and promote the culture of Sag Harbor through its collection of historical objects related to the village’s whaling history, as well as the presentation of contemporary exhibits and events that reflect the culture of the village today and put Sag Harbor’s past and present into context.

    Learn more here.

  • Tom O’Donoghue Associates

    Based in Sag Harbor, Tom O’Donoghue Associates is active from Hampton Bays to Montauk, with projects ranging from new construction to historic renovations. Our continued growth over the last 20 years is due to a dedicated construction team, high quality workmanship and a commitment to direct, open communication with clients. This simple philosophy is the basis of our continued success on the East End.

    Learn more here.

  • Cape Resorts

    Cape Resorts is an eclectic collection of luxury hotels, inns and cottages that has provided couples, multi-generational families, empty nesters and groups of friends with beloved seashore memories and cherished holiday traditions. Each of our hotels has its own deeply individual personality, but all share the same warm, welcoming vibe and reflect our commitment to giving our guests truly authentic, all-American resort experiences. That means beautiful settings, approachable design, an array of wonderful dining options, plus fun activities from sunrise till evening and the sincerest of welcomes from the entire Cape Resorts family. Debuting in the Spring of 2015, a newly renovated Barons Cove will feature 67-room inn with comfortable furnishings and décor inspired by the sea. All aspects of Baron’s Cove will be enhanced during the renovation, including a new lobby bar and an 87- seat restaurant, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and a satellite gallery of Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum artifacts. We are very proud to be part of this wonderful historical village and a supporter of the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum.

    The Cape Resort’s Story
    More than 20 years ago we had a vision that people wanted a place that gave them the authentic charm of a bygone era with all the comforts and amenities of today; classic beachside ambience with room service, air-conditioning and comfortable beds. In 1986 we bought the 24-room Virginia Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey and made our vision a reality. Our success at The Virginia allowed us to buy the iconic Congress Hall Hotel and restore it to its original grandeur.
    More projects in Cape May soon followed including The Star Inn, the Sandpiper Beach Club (a hotel condominium) and The Beach Shack. In 2008 Cape Resorts opened Atlantic City’s first true boutique hotel, the 331 room Chelsea Hotel, bringing mid-century glamour back to the boardwalk.
    Today Cape Resorts manages six distinctive hotel properties with several more under development. Each property offers a unique lodging experience supplemented by dynamic restaurants, exciting nightlife destinations and successful retail and wellness outlets.

    Learn more here.