Dover-Foxcroft Residents Rally to Save Town Hall 

In 1880, residents of what was then Dover and Foxcroft, pledged money to build a grand hall to hold events.The grand total came to five-thousand dollars.Now, folks in Dover-Foxcroft are again being asked to pledge their support.This time to safe the historic structure.Joy Hollowell brings us the story of Central Hall.========”Foxcroft Academy graduations, minstral shows, silent movies, basketball, roller skating, dances, town meetings, all kinds of things went on here,” says Mary Annis, President of the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society.Just about everyone in Dover-Foxcroft has some sort of memory of Central hall. Whether it’s attending an event inside the building, or attending to business when it housed the town offices.Now, a group known as Friends of Central Hall wants to bring the local landmark back to its heyday.”We would love to make it an event center,” says Annis. “There’s no place in Dover-Foxcroft or nearby to have a wedding reception of any size.”The town currently owns it, as well as the price tag of approximately $25,000 a year to keep it running. So, they made an offer to the Historical Society. You come up with the 25 G’s by March 22nd, as well as the means to secure more money for renovations, and the title is yours.”And so our goal is to secure pledges from people in town,” says Brian Woodworth, whose part of the Friends of Central Hall group.They started fund raising in February, and in just a few weeks, have already received more than $19,000 in pledges.”It just shows that people do care about their roots, and they do care about the community and want to bring back some of those wonderful memories,” says Woodworth.++++There is currently one tenant in the building, a food cupboard.The Historical Society says they will be welcome to stay once the building is handed over.On Saturday, March 6th, the Historical Society is holding an open house at Central Hall.It starts at 10am.There will be a slideshow, displays of historic memorabilia, speakers, as well as raffle ticket drawings.The Foxcroft Academy band will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment.For more information, including how to make a pledge, you can contact Mary Annis at 564-0820 or log onto www.dover-foxcroft.orgYou can also find Friends of Central Hall on Facebook.