Hillsdale residents will celebrate the historic preservation and restoration of their Town Hall and the completion of the adjacent Town Hall Park on Main Street, Route 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

The celebration is being sponsored by Historic Hillsdale and the Hillsdale Hamlet Committee. The volunteer groups, each sanctioned by the Town Board, raised funds for the efforts and oversaw the work.

Town Hall Park features benches, plantings, bluestone paving and an obelisk. Nearby are two picnic tables for public use. Built almost entirely with private donations, the park was designed by Matthew White, owner of the Hillsdale General Store.

Town Hall was renovated over the past few years. The classical red-brick structure had served as the area’s public library from its construction in the early 1920s to 2010, when the Roeliff Jansen Community Library moved to a new, larger facility just south of the hamlet on Route 22.

Historic Hillsdale raised funds for the exterior work which included restoring the slate roof, chimney and parapets and removal of an adjacent shed. The refurbishment of the windows and wood trim is underway and scheduled to be completed by this fall.

Donors to both park and Town Hall are listed on plaques in their respective locations.


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