The Reagans were presented their award at the Preservation Trust/Vermont Downtown conference in Island Pond, to acknowledge their work in maintaining the original framework of the building, which dates back to 1830. “There were 10 awards given out and this was essentially them saying ‘Thank you,’ for restoring and keeping the heritage of Vermont going,” said John Reagan.
It was the Preservation Trust that helped Wilmington’s beloved Dot’s come back to life after the storm. The trust contacted Bob Stevens at Stevens Engineering in Brattleboro to perform a preliminary inspection of the building, and see what could be saved.
“After the flood we had no idea if we would be able to rebuild and the trust set us on the path,” said Reagan. “Part of what we did was save the old frame of the building, so the main section still technically dates back to the 1830s. Bob came up with the plan to save the structure itself.” The trust also set aside funds for the rebuilding process, and allowed the Save Dot’s fundraising campaign to collect through their tax-exempt website, free of charge.
While the award is for dedication to the architectural integrity and legacy of Vermont, it is also recognition for the Reagans’ dedication to the building, as well as their business. “It’s definitely an honor, but we’re simple people. We want to come to work and do our job, and somehow this thing has taken off I guess. All along Patty and I have said, ‘It’s for the community.’ We didn’t do this for us, we did this for the future of the town.”