On April 13, Steve Mitchell of the Maine School of Masonry in Avon, and Craig Hutchinson of Scott Taylor Construction in Wilton, began the excavations for the brick walls’ footing for a courtyard to be located in front of the museum building.
Two days later, Haley Concrete poured about 28 cubic yards of concrete into the trenches, which were about three feet deep. Mitchell and two of his masonry students, Drake Daniels and Ian James, smoothed the cement as it was poured.
Mitchell and his students will soon begin bricklaying for the courtyard wall, donating their labor. Mitchell has helped guide the WMPM board about the design of the courtyard. More than 90 bricks, each engraved with a personal message, have been sold to area individuals and businesses to help fund the project.