Dayton Mills School Gets A Make-over
The Town of Huron has three historic buildings, the school house - circa 1817, the old Town Hall - circa 1849, and the Huron Grange - circa 1884. These buildings and their preservation have been the responsibility and care of the Town Board, under the watchful eye of Carol Flint, the Town Historian. The following is Carol's report to the Town Board on the Dayton Mills School Boy Scout project:
"I was pleasantly surprised to receive an e-mail from a teenage town resident requesting permission to paint the Town's Dayton Mills Schoolhouse, circa 1817. Michael Chapin, whose family roots go back several generations in our town, chose painting the schoolhouse for his Eagle Scout project.
As Historian, I introduced his request at a Building Committee meeting where it was unanimously agreed this indeed was a very thoughtful and much needed undertaking. Michael officially presented his idea to our Town Board. Chairman of the Building Committee gave the commitee's recommendation. The Town Board unanimously approved the project. Our Highway Superintendent volunteered his crew to replace missing and damaged clapboards. Our Town attorney drafted documents to be signed by all persons who work at the site.
Mike's fundraising included private donations, as well as the collection of bottles and cans from area merchants, for redemption. A former student made a donation which nearly covered the cost of the new clapboards. When our Building Inspector contacted the manager of the local building supply store (not even in our town) to get a cost for the primer and paint, after consulting the store's owner the manager offered to donate their best primer and paint for the project's completion.
The Town has contracted to have a sign made which will be placed in the schoolhouse yard. The sign reads:
Michael Chapin's Boy Scout Eagle Project
Paint donated by Wolcott Building Supply
The sign will be privately paid for by our Town Supervisor. Once the sign is in place, I will contact area newspapers for a news article and photographs.
The Town of Huron is a small town with a population of less than 2,600 people. We have no historical society. Fortunately, past Town Boards have preserved the three historic buildings - besides the District #6 schoolhouse, the Town owns the Old Town Hall, circa 1849, and the Huron Grange, circa 1884, home of the first Juvenile Grange in New York State.
Upon the project's completion, the Boy Scout Council will schedule Mike's official Eagle Scout ceremony in October. Mike assures me all Town officials will be invited. There will be an Open House at the country school on the day of the ceremony.
Just think - all of this was the result of one person's idea to contribute to his community. The community's response was heart-warming."
Carol Flint, Huron Historian