The Jonathan Dickerman House
before last May's tornado
This photo was taken less than two hours after this huge tree crashed through the roof last May 15th.

Hamden, CT --- Beer lovers and history buffs will have something to celebrate on Thursday, November 15th from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. when Hamden’s own MIKRO Brew Pub and Restaurant, 177 Sherman Avenue, hosts “Raise a Glass to Raise the Roof.”

          The fundraising event will benefit the Hamden Historical Society as it strives to recover from the devastating effects of last May’s tornado that smashed the roof of its iconic headquarters, the Jonathan Dickerman House (1792), located at 105 Mount Carmel Avenue in Hamden.

          The extreme weather event left the Hamden legacy building with a gaping hole that threatened the antique hearth and home furnishings inside. The contents of the building have since been secured, but the roof needs to be repaired and the next door cider mill will need to be completely deconstructed, damaged frame portions repaired and replaced using period-specific methods and the entire building re-constructed on the same site.

            “It’s a shame,” said Ken Minkema, Hamden Historical Society President,” that this amazing 300-year old house and cider mill, which have been part of our town’s history since before the American Revolution and have been visited by thousands of Hamden students over the years, could be nearly destroyed in a matter of minutes. It’s time for the Hamden community to come together to rescue the house and cider mill, and we are delighted that MIKRO has offered to host this fundraising event to help us do just that.”

            On Thursday, November 15th, MIKRO patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy one of many ciders from a host of cider makers all around the state and $1 per glass will go to support the Hamden Historical Society to rescue the iconic Jonathan Dickerman House and cider mill, and help preserve Hamden’s legacy.

         The MIKRO Brew Pub & Restaurant is located at the site of the old Mt. Carmel railroad station at 177 Sherman Avenue. From Whitney, it is the right turn immediately after the "40 MPH" speed limit sign, after you pass the Dunkin' Donuts shopping plaza (see map).

              Details about the Jonathan Dickerman House available HERE.

177 Sherman Avenue, Hamden
to rescue the Jonathan Dickerman House
MIKRO Pub & Restaurant - November 2018
Mount Carmel Railroad Station - c.1900
Mount Carmel Railroad Station - c.1935

The MIKRO Pub and Restaurant, at 177 Sherman Avenue, is located in what was once part of a very important Hamden landmark, the Mount Carmel railroad station.  The station itself, a portion of which is visible at right in both above photos, was built in 1881.

The railroad station, shown entirely at right, provided both passenger and frieght service on the Northhampton Line until the early 1930s, and freight service only until the 1970s.  A 1962 fire destroyed part of the station at right, but much of the original building remains.

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