During the ceremony, Secretary Galvin stressed the importance of saving and preserving significant historic structures.
In his congratulatory letter to Thoreau Farm, Secretary Galvin wrote:
The Massachusetts Historical Commission sincerely appreciates all efforts to preserve the Commonwealth’s valuable historic properties. The careful restoration and rehabilitation of the Wheeler-Minot House [Thoreau Farm], and its function as an educational resource, demonstrates a strong commitment to historic preservation that goes well beyond what is normally expected. On behalf of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, I applaud this outstanding contribution to historic preservation.
Thoreau Farm Trust is deeply honored by the 2012 Preservation Award and very proud of this achievement. We are grateful to everyone who played a role in the preservation of Thoreau Farm.