Grange Halls of New York State

 

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I have been fascinated with Grange Halls since my first Chicken Barbecue at the Pierstown Grange in Otsego County, NY. My personal project is to create a historic record of New York State Grange Halls to provide the next generation a record of what they looked like in the 21st century.

Mention the words “Grange Hall” to anyone familiar with rural communities and chances are the first thing that comes to mind is food. Pancake breakfasts, or chicken and biscuit dinners, are a long-standing tradition with the Grange. From its’ inception, members would share a meal together (with food comes fellowship) before business of the evening was attended to. In many cases, this gathering was the social event of the week, frequently taking place on Saturday evenings after chores had been completed. Grange Halls are the social structure, and root of the american farm. They are places worthy of celebration for their cultural representation. I want and need to continue to further explore, and scrutinize the Grange hall. Such observations tell us something about what we are, what we were, and what we are becoming.

Wharton Valley Grange # 991 Otsego County, NY Main entry doors

Wharton Valley Grange # 991
Otsego County, NY
Main entry doors

Worcester Grange # 1274 Otsego County, NY Front elevation on main street

Worcester Grange # 1274
Otsego County, NY
Front elevation on main street

Bruce Tanner Grange Master at Chicken BBQ. Pleasant Valley #1453

Bruce Tanner Grange Master at Chicken BBQ.
Pleasant Valley #1453

Westville Grange # 540 Otsego County, NY JR Grange corner on second floor

Westville Grange # 540
Otsego County, NY
JR Grange corner on second floor

Springfield Grange # 1523 Otsego County, NY Hymn books and piano

Springfield Grange # 1523
Otsego County, NY
Hymn books and piano

Stillwater Grange # 681 saratoga County, NY 3/4 view of front elevation

Stillwater Grange # 681
saratoga County, NY
3/4 view of front elevation

Westville Grange # 540 Otsego County, NY Awards and doorway to main hall

Westville Grange # 540
Otsego County, NY
Awards and doorway to main hall

Curtains at stairwell. Enfield Valley  #295

Curtains at stairwell. Enfield Valley #295

Springfield Grange # 1523 Otsego County, NY Pass-through-kitchen

Springfield Grange # 1523
Otsego County, NY
Pass-through-kitchen

Edward Roberts Grange Master. Member for 76 years. Candor Grange #1466

Edward Roberts Grange Master. Member for 76 years. Candor Grange #1466

Springfield Grange # 1523 Otsego County, NY

Springfield Grange # 1523
Otsego County, NY

Pierstown Grange #793 Otsego County, NY Front elevation

Pierstown Grange #793
Otsego County, NY
Front elevation

Pierstown Grange #793 Otsego County, NY Chair and desk detail

Pierstown Grange #793
Otsego County, NY
Chair and desk detail

Pierstown Grange #793 Otsego Coutny, NY Wood identification chart (measures 24"x36")

Pierstown Grange #793
Otsego Coutny, NY
Wood identification chart (measures 24″x36″)

Pierstown Grange #793 Otsego County, NY Desks and painted mural of Otsego Lake

Pierstown Grange #793
Otsego County, NY
Desks and painted mural of Otsego Lake

Otego Grange Otsego County, NY JR Grange area

Otego Grange
Otsego County, NY
JR Grange area

Hinmann Hollow Grange #1331  Otsego County, NY 3/4 view of front elevation

Hinmann Hollow Grange #1331
Otsego County, NY
3/4 view of front elevation

David Brass Grange Master. Adams Center #590

David Brass Grange Master. Adams Center #590

Greenfield Grange # 807 Saratoga County, NY

Greenfield Grange # 807
Saratoga County, NY

Fly Creek Valley Grange # 790 Otsego County, NY Entry to second floor main hall

Fly Creek Valley Grange # 790
Otsego County, NY
Entry to second floor main hall

Fly Creek Grange # 790 Otsego County, NY Pass-through-kitchen

Fly Creek Grange # 790
Otsego County, NY
Pass-through-kitchen

Fredonia Grange # 1 Chautuaqua, NY 3/4 view of front elevation First Grange Hall in NY

Fredonia Grange # 1
Chautuaqua, NY
3/4 view of front elevation
First Grange Hall in NY

Butternut Valley Grange # 1533 Otsego County, NY Embroidered Grange emblem

Butternut Valley Grange # 1533
Otsego County, NY
Embroidered Grange emblem

Butternut Valley Grange #1533 Otsego County, NY Backstage

Butternut Valley Grange #1533
Otsego County, NY
Backstage

 

William and Vivian. Goodrich Settlement  #1532

William and Vivian. Goodrich Settlement #1532