West Townsend is facing the loss of one of its most historic buildings: Legion Hall. Town meeting voters have approved funds to demolish the old building to clear the way for a new and larger fire station to cover that part of the town.
The building dates back to 1836 when it was built as the West Village Female Seminary. According to information from the Townsend Historical Society, it was considered to be “one of the area’s finest schools for well-born young ladies.” The seminary educated about 70 girls who boarded with local families for under $2.50 a week, with washing, fuel and lights included.
The town acquired the building in 1870, the Legion some time later. It’s history is a long one.
While the issue of the old building’s demise had seemed to be settled, the matter was brought up in front of selectmen Tuesday night. The only recourse for anyone interested in reversing course is to bring the matter back to town meeting through a petition.
Though the money to preserve old buildings is always a problem, the idea of letting them go should be a last resort.
Townsend’s history is a gem at the core of its identity.
Letting the remnants of history go, piece by piece, is very sad indeed.