Freeman Matthews of Pro Deck and Design works to build a ramp into the Bray House at the Gardner Historical Museum on June 23. The Bray House is now wheelchair accessible. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
When Gardner Historical Museum officials purchased the Bray house, a family home behind the museum, they had one small problem to address before it could be opened to the public – the home was not accessible for wheelchairs.
That changed this weekend as workers from Pro Deck and Design volunteered their time and donated materials to build a ramp into the home.
Now that the ramp is in place, the museum will host a grand opening and ice cream social to dedicate the Bray House, the ramp and an Eagle Scout flower project at the museum. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. on June 30 with a garage sale. A silent auction will begin at 9 a.m. and a new boutique at the Bray House will also open its doors for the first time.
At 10 a.m., the museum will open along with a vintage car show, antique tractor show, antique engine demonstration and a bike demo. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a square dance demonstration. Homemade ice cream and baked goods will be available starting at 11 a.m.
At noon, museum officials, with the help of the American Legion and Boy Scouts, will dedicate the Bray House, the new ramp and the Eagle Scout flower project.