Historical Society will hold an online auction | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

At its meeting on Tuesday, January 18, the Tyrone Township Board unanimously approved a resolution regarding the historic townhouse, which sits on the former town hall property.

The Township of Tyrone owns the structure, commonly referred to as the Historic Town House, which is located at 10408 Center Rd. Through an agreement with the current owner of the property, The Send The Light Family Church, the Township is permitted to retain and maintain the historic building, built in 1887, until it is moved to another location.

Landowners in the township of Tyrone were interviewed to find out what they wanted to do with the old town hall.

The survey provided potential options for the future of the historic building. Residents could also add general comments. The building was originally located on Hartland Road and moved to 10408 Center Rd., in 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial celebrations. The township sold the Center Road property where the historic building is located and moved its offices to 8420 Runyan Lake Rd.

Tyrone Township Supervisor Mike Cunningham said the survey indicated there was overwhelming support to save the historic building, but the majority did not want to see township money used. The survey indicated that residents were in favor of the Historical Society leading the move. Cunningham believes a conservative estimate is $100,000 to move the building to the new township office property.

The Tyrone Township Historical Society is now responsible for raising funds to move the structure to its new home. Cunningham said the township would help but the historical society would oversee the move and fundraising. Once the building is moved, he said the township will work together to care for it.

To raise funds, the Tyrone Township Historical Society is holding a ‘Love Our History, Save Our Townhouse’ online auction.

In a letter to promote the fundraiser, Linda McFarland, president of the historical society, wrote: “We invite you to join us in our efforts to preserve our local history and pass it on to future generations. Our mission is to preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge about the history of the Township of Tyrone. We rely on supporters like you to make this mission possible.

“Our biggest project to date is securing funds to relocate, relocate and fully integrate our historic registered townhouse. The townhouse was built in 1887 for residents to vote, celebrate and gather in as a community. The building is to be relocated to township-owned property so that it can continue its legacy as a symbolic center of our community for generations to come. It is one of the few historic landmarks recorded in the township of Tyrone.

Following the meeting, Sara Dollman-Jersey of the Residents for Community Preservation Facebook group, McFarland, and Tom Runyan, Treasurer of the Tyrone Township Historical Society, released a joint statement, which follows.

“The Town House project has made great progress in recent weeks. We are working hard in conjunction with the Township of Tyrone to flesh out the plans and raise the funds needed to preserve our historic building. We have planned an annual calendar of exciting community events that will serve to do two things: connect people of all generations to our community and its history, and help us raise the funds we need to make this project a success.

“Our first major community event will be the online auction, ‘Love Our History’, hosted by the Tyrone Township Historical Society. We have been truly inspired by the number of local businesses and residents who have contributed to such a variety of wonderful items up for auction. Some of the most exciting include a hot air balloon ride and a $200 gift certificate to Andiamo sponsored by the State Bank. We have items ranging from restaurant gift certificates, to themed baskets, oil changes, to luxury accommodation in a Bed & Breakfast.

“It was truly a labor of love with residents, local authorities and businesses coming together to support a good cause, preserving our local history. We hope that the surrounding communities will join us and participate in the auction from February 12 to 26.

The auction will take place from February 12 to 26 at https://www.32auctions.com/saveourtownhouse2022. About two dozen local businesses contributed to the online auction and those interested can participate from the comfort of their own homes.

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