The Laurel Historical Society will present “The Great Reveal” at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Hitchens Homestead, 205 Willow St., Laurel.

As part of the ongoing restoration and preservation of the Hitchens Homestead and its outbuildings, the Laurel Historical has undertaken to research the original architecture and decoration of the Homestead and outbuildings, and has focused on the original interior and exterior paint colors.

An expert in historic paint analysis, Catherine Adams Masek, is leading LHS in that effort. Masek comes to Laurel with a record of accomplishment in Kent and Sussex counties, including work on the Indian River Lifesaving Station north of the Indian River inlet, Rose Cottage in Dover and the Parson Thorne Mansion in Milford. By means of chromochronology — a method of historic paint analysis — Maesk determined the original colors of the house and outbuildings, as well as how those colors were changed over the years.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a chair for lawn seating. The homestead and outbuildings will be open to tour from 3 to 5 p.m. with docents available.

For more, call 875-2820 or visit