The Valentine Property was purchased in 2018 as both a way to stave off the development of 120 units of housing on a 7-acre property, and at the same time preserve this historical asset for future use.
In 2019, the Select Board created a Valentine Property Committee to evaluate the reuse of historic properties in other communities and issue a Request for Proposals asking residents, business owners, and other interested parties for plans to renovate the property and create an amenity that can be used by town residents as well as create a destination to attract visitors to Ashland.
In 2020, a Request for Proposals was issued which resulted in one proposal being submitted. That proposal was ultimately rejected. After this the Select Board made the decision to concentrate on the required Conservation and Historic preservation restrictions, forming a subcommittee in 2021 to develop recommendations to be acted upon by the Ashland Select Board.
Since the purchase of the property in 2018, a number of steps have been taken to ensure the stability of the house and the historic barn structure. The latest was the installation of cabling to secure the barn structure through the winter months. Approximately $1.5 million has been allocated to restore the historic barn while a long-term use is still being determined.