White Water Paint Project - Friends of White Water Shaker Village

March 03, 2023 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Organization: Friends of White Water Shaker Village

About this opportunity:

What is the White Water Paint Project?

The Friends of White Water Shaker Village is continuing the restoration at White Water Shaker Village in Crosby Township near Harrison, Ohio. The “White Water Paint Project” will be the first restoration project of 2023 – bringing some of the interior spaces back to their original appearance. We are looking for individuals, couples and small teams that would be interested in being involved in this restoration effort of the Shaker Village, as part of the 200th anniversary of its founding this year.

Volunteers, from the inexperienced to professional interior painters, are needed. Besides painting, there will be jobs such as securing drop cloths/floor protection, sanding, and taping windows to prep for painting. Many hands volunteering one or two days will make this project a success. Hands to Work!

What is the White Water Shaker Village?

White Water is one of 24 communal villages founded in the United States between 1787 and 1824 by the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, generally called the "Shakers". It is the only remaining village of five Ohio Shaker villages, retaining most of its original buildings in their original settings and home of the only standing brick Shaker meeting house in the country. Learn more about White Water here

Why was this project created?

  • To reverse the years of wear and neglect by restoring peg rail, wainscot, plaster and painted surfaces to their 1832 appearance.
  • As the kick-off project for the 200th anniversary by providing an opportunity for present and potential historical preservationists to be a part in preserving part of Southwest Ohio’s Shaker history.
  • A time for individuals and volunteer teams of 2-6 to join in the restoration of the Dwelling within the Shaker Village.
  • To enable The Friends of White Water Village to expand their scope and vision for their future with the public.


Volunteers (Adults of at least 18 years of age) from the inexperienced to professional are needed to continue the restoration.

  • Removing wallpaper
  • Sanding walls and woodwork
  • Priming and painting walls
  • Taping and painting windows
  • Drywall patching and plaster repair


  • Friday, Mar. 3 - Saturday, Mar. 4 - Sunday, Mar. 5
  • Saturday, Mar. 11 - Sunday, Mar. 12
  • Saturday, Mar. 18 - Sunday, Mar. 19
  • 4-6 hour work sessions throughout the month of March

Additional work sessions will be scheduled as the work progresses.

All correspondence and registration will be through email: friendsofwwsv@gmail.com

What commitment is needed of the volunteers?

Workplace attire, workplace safety, needed tools or supplies, volunteer waiver and safety guidelines will be available upon registration.

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