The dust is being blown off — and the floors mopped, the roof fixed and all other manner of spruce-ups — of the century-old Grange hall in North Hyde Park ahead of an activity-filled open house this Sunday.
The building, once called the North Hyde Park Grange Hall but now called the Gihon Valley Hall, will be open from noon to 4 on Sunday, with local historians giving tours of the building, along with live music and a chili cook-off and bake sale to raise money for future repair.
The event pairs with Hyde Park Home Day on Saturday in the village for a full weekend of socializing with current neighbors while exploring the history of those who were there long ago.
Music at the Gihon Valley event will be by Abby Sherman and Mountain County with Christine Malcolm. Building tours will be led by local historians Jim and Monica Heath. And there will be a “touch the truck” activity for the kids, organized by the North Hyde Park/Eden Fire Department.
The Grange has been closed up for years, and even when it was open, it had been years since its really active days.
The Hyde Park Historic Sites Committee has been working on revitalizing the building, including roof repairs before winter.
In March, Hyde Park voters approved spending $50,000 on the building, with about $7,500 to get clean title to the building the town had all but owned for the past 24 years, and the rest going toward repairs.
— Tommy Gardner