Surry Celebrates Historic Designation of Old Town Hall



SURRY — More than 40 local history buffs and community supporters gathered at the old Surry Town Hall Monday to celebrate the building’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, a designation approved by the Department of the Interior last October.

Christi Mitchell (right), an architectural historian with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, poses with members of the Surry Historical Society at a celebration Monday of the historic Surry Town Hall’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.—JAMES STRAUB
Christi Mitchell (right), an architectural historian with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, poses with members of the Surry Historical Society at a celebration Monday of the historic Surry Town Hall’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.—JAMES STRAUB

SURRY — More than 40 local history buffs and community supporters gathered at the old Surry Town Hall Monday to celebrate the building’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, a designation approved by the Department of the Interior last October.

Christi Mitchell, architectural historian and National Register coordinator for the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, kicked off the celebration by presenting framed certificates to the town and the Surry Historical Society.

Today, the building on Route 172, just east of the Surry village center, serves as headquarters for the Historical Society, which in 1983 entered a long-term lease with the town to maintain the property. That task has been helped by a $100,000 bequest from Robert Jordan to the Historical Society for the preservation of the building and by a donation from Mary Wilder for restoration of the building’s doors and windows.

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