HANCOCK — The road to a new building has included a detour for the Hancock Historical Society.
The group, which currently houses its artifacts on the second floor of the Town Hall, had planned to construct a new home connected to an existing structure on Route 1 owned by the Hancock Women’s Club. At a special meeting Aug. 9, board members voted to explore another option which has come to fruition.
Historical society President Sanford Phippen said the Monteux School is donating an acre of land behind the women’s club on which the society can construct its own freestanding building. The new office and museum will be climate controlled and handicapped accessible on a single level.
“That’s going to be great,” Phippen said.
The society has raised about a third of the estimated $300,000 required for the project and is continuing to fundraise. Phippen said he hopes the group will have enough money to break ground soon.
At the Aug. 9 meeting, board members said some of the additional costs of constructing a completely new building — such as adding restrooms and a septic system — will be offset by the lower costs of not having to integrate the society’s new home into an existing building.