Donalds Grange No. 497

Donalds Grange No. 497

So I had two questions that came to mind as I pulled up to this old fieldstone building. My first question was, Why is it called a Grange? The second, What happened to the other 496? I have only been able to solve the first of the two questions. A Grange is a meeting house of the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. As for the number 497, I have no clue. Maybe someone can help explain where they pulled that number from. Doing a quick google search only produces one other, the Hurtle Grange Plantation.

Donalds Grange No. 497

The Adjacent Cabin

Anyway, this particular grange has been used for a variety of purposes and was built in 1935. First, it was City Hall and as then became the Library later on. I’m not sure if it was always used as the grange too or not, but it seems that it was. That is a lot of use from such a simple building. I’m also pretty confused as to the relevance of the adjacent cabin and realize now I should have researched this place better before writing about it…

Donalds Grange No. 497

Plaque

Moving forward regardless, I did find out that a fieldstone building is made out of, you guessed it, fieldstones! I’m sure that if I had paid attention in school this wouldn’t be quite so shocking for me. It is just hard to imagine building anything out of random stones from right off the farm. I could spend a lifetime in the backyard stacking stones and never manage to make a stable structure that would last eighty-two years. I can promise you that much.

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