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Community pulls together to help Daly Mansion survive COVID downturn

Community pulls together to help Daly Mansion survive COVID downturn


These COVID times have been tough for the Daly Mansion with canceling of events and fundraising activities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Local business have stepped up to offer their services in the forms of donations, spraying for insects, free garbage pickup and a smoothed an graveled driveway.

Mansion Director Darlene Gould said the generous efforts are appreciated.

“The community and our businesses have been absolutely wonderful supporting us,” Gould said. “Yes, we need all the support we can get because we just now opened for tours, about a month late. A lot of our events have been cancelled but we are having Daly Days, so watch for Daly Days. Community, our members and volunteers have all been great, but we still need help.”

Kathleen Castle, a volunteer at the Daly Mansion, said the driveway repair happened from generous hearts by Marty and Cassie Romano of MR ASPHALT Inc.

Castle said that in a casual conversation she mentioned the mansion had a half-mile-long driveway in desperate need of repair, grading, smoothing and pot-hole filling. She asked if he would give an estimate for these services but within days MR Asphalt did more than give an estimate.

“He showed up with road repair equipment, a crew, several dump truck loads of gravel and dedicated an entire day to making the half-mile entry drive as smooth as silk,” Castle said. “Knowing the Daly Mansion is a historic Bitterroot icon and of limited financial resources, MR Asphalt donated the entire service for free. It is the fine, generous people like the Romanos that make the Bitterroot Valley one of the most desired places on earth to live.”

In addition, in the last four months the mansion has received: a $500 donation from Northwestern Energy, Bug Off sprayed for insects (all 32,000 square feet of the mansion) and Bitterroot Disposal gave the mansion free garbage pickup for five years. Last spring the mansion had a contribution of about $1,800 from TrailWest Bank for the printing costs and Eric Elander from SP2M Marketing donated time and expertise to design two new Daly Mansion brochures.

Gould said now is the time to donate.

“The mansion’s big fundraiser ‘Round Up at Riverside’ has been cancelled and we still need everyone’s support to make sure we can still keep this place open and viable so that it will always be here,” she said.

The Daly Mansion is the historic home of 19th Century American industrialist Marcus Daly and is located on 46 acres of lush landscape at 251 Eastside Highway, in Hamilton.

The Daly Mansion is open for tours by advance reservations only, prepaid with a credit card, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Masks are required to enter the Mansion. For an appointment call the mansion at 406-363-6004, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, or leave a message. The mansion and grounds are closed Sundays and Mondays.

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