Derry's Upper Village Hall restoration a community effort
Constructed in 1875, the building has served many functions within the community. It was home to Nutfield Grange, housed the Taylor Library from 1878 to 1930 and served as the East Derry Fire Station from 1934 to 1979. It also served as the town’s first jail.
After serving so many uses for the town through the years, the building began to show its age and deteriorate. The hall faced the possibility of demolition when the East Derry Village Improvement Society intervened in 2009 and took over ownership of the property from the town.
All that remains is the exterior painting, which is scheduled to begin next week, Dionne said. Simpson’s Painting Inc. of Derry will begin painting the front and right exterior wall, the most visible sections, first, Dionne said. The goal is to get all of the painting completed in the fall.
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