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By: Dylan Bowman, HAHS Board Member

May 15, 2024

Ronnie Stoneroad (front), Max Bowman (back), and others work on the brick and mortar of the building's foundation. Photograph by Dylan Bowman.

Brick and Mortar, Wood and Paint

The Halifax Area Historical Society building was built right around 1850 and is one of the many historical gems in the Valley that we call home. However, it is clear (in any historical building or monument) that after 200 years it needs a bit of fixing up to keep it in good shape.

That time has come for the Society.

From old paint needing to be scraped from the windows to spring cleaning in the museum and landscaping outside, there was much work to jump into during the designated two weekends scheduled for the renovations to begin. The main issue that has been most pressing is the slow deterioration of the wooden window sills and the massive steeple that crests the tops of all surrounding buildings in town. Additionally, the brick and mortar of several of the building's corners had begun to fall apart years ago, allowing for water and pests to potentially make their way into the walls.

With a call to the community for assistance on renovations in mid-April, the Society garnered the help of dozens of individuals on the two days who came out to volunteer their time. With all manner of tools and teamwork, a great headway was made by the end of the second Saturday.

Workers tackle multiple tasks at the two work days. Photographs by Dylan Bowman.

Hope on the Long Road

As summer dawns, it is almost certain that there will be more HAHS building work days to come, ushering in untold needs yet discovered as well as the task of tackling the steeple renovation being awarded to a professional contracting crew.

Though it is a long road to the renovations being complete, there is excitement and hope on the horizon...every paint flake that falls is one less to chip off in a storm and let water seep in. Every crack sealed keeps the walls drier and the building more stable. Every work day is a new chapter in Halifax's history.

We look forward to what the future brings and how the community will come together for the next projects coming down the line. If you would like to get involved, whether that be in attending a work day or sending a donation for the saving of the steeple, reach out to us at our email, We'd love to hear from you and give you more information!

Workers tackle multiple jobs...from scraping paint to planting seasonal flowers for the spring season...during the two work days. Photographs by Dylan Bowman.

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