Due to Building Code compliance issues and difficulties bringing this 120-year-old mansion into this century so we can invite the public in to see its beauty, we are planning to spend our Spring and Summer working on the Hedge Maze Garden.
However, with the initial budget allocated for the hedge plants and all funds raised to date have gone to clearing / leveling the lot and removing the stumps and decades of overgrowth, we unfortunately have exhausted out budget and need your help!
To raise the much needed funds and bring the Wheeler Mansion back from its glory days, we have established a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called The Revival Society, Inc.
Our mission is to preserve and maintain the Mansion through repairs, upgrades and facility improvements as well as hosting community based educational and cultural events throughout the year. Some of our current community events include Easter Egg Hunt, Orange Pumpkin Festival and Santa at the Mansion.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the BricksRUs campaign. We can’t wait to share the project with all of the bricks in place.
If you are still interested in contributing and leaving your mark in this historical place, make sure to check out the below and adopt a plant!
We are also raising money for the plants. Feel free to donate any amount to go toward the garden project.
Baby hedges are $40 and mature hedges are $100.
Depending on the fundraising efforts, we will decide to go big or go small. We will create a placard with your donation name regardless of the donation size. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. You are appreciated and we can’t wait to share the garden with you!
If you prefer to make your donation by mail, please send your cheque to the address below. Be sure to add a memo so we know what project to allocate the donations to. For example, “Hedge Donation” or “General Donation”.
The Revival Society, Inc
PO BOX 269
Orange MA 01364
The Revival Society, Inc. (Federal identification number 92-3467550) is a qualified tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. No goods or services were exchanged for this gift which is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. A tax acknowledgment letter will be emailed and/or mailed for your records.
The Wheeler Mansion, rumored to be haunted, was constructed in 1903 as a private residence for renowned industrialist John W Wheeler and his wife, Almira of Orange Massachusetts. The industrial revolution took hold and created several successful entrepreneurs that would enjoy prosperity and entertain lavishly.
After the death of John Wheeler in 1910 inside the mansion, the property was deeded to The Order of The Eastern Star, a Masonic appendant body open to both men and women and became the rest home for the Ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1925.
In 1990, the Eastern Star Home closed and the property was sold and used as a private residence with the intention of turning it into a Bed and Breakfast but due to several financial setbacks, the property went into foreclosure in 2015 and was abandoned and badly damaged from a leaking roof and burst piped for over 5 years before going viral on a “Save this House” style Instagram account and discovered by the current owner, Cynthia Butler of Los Angeles. After winning the auction on June 17th, 2020 Cynthia quickly began restoring the property with a new roof and shortly after relocated to Orange in summer of 2020 with her family to take on the endeavor of saving this mansion.
Visit the Easter Bunny at the Revival Wheeler Mansion on April 16th and join us for an Easter Egg Hunt! There are also raffle tickets sold on the day that will go toward the upcoming works for the Garden of the Eastern Star.