Jun. 27—UNIOPOLIS — The Uniopolis Historical Society dedicated a new sign Sunday, denoting the former town hall at the corner of state Route 67 and Mill Street as being on the National Register of Historic Places.
The building now serves as the location of the Uniopolis Historical Museum.
The building almost didn't get saved because in 1993 the mayor of Uniopolis wanted to tear it down, but Dick Lowery intervened and was sold the property for $1 a year for the next 25 years.
"I didn't know what I was doing. I complained, some of us complained that the mayor wanted to tear this building down and destroy it, and I objected," Lowery said. "Finally, after I made enough noise, they left me have it, then I had to figure out, 'What am I gonna do with it?' Well, you can't make a restaurant out of it or something because it belongs to the town. The only thing I could think of was a museum."
Throughout the years, the building has been the hub of activity in Uniopolis.
"From early on it was a church. It had a steeple on at one time. At the back of the building, it had jail cells, and at one time, it had square dances in some multiple uses," said Marilyn Shaw, president of the Uniopolis Historical Society. "We're very fortunate that Dick, who actually bought it at the auction from the township trustees and deeded it then to the Historical Society. We're very fortunate that we're able to maintain it."
Ron Roop, vice president of the Uniopolis Historical Society, was glad to see the new historical marker.
"It is a milestone. I remember when we first started it. There was a lot of chipping paint and painting and stuff like that, and a lot of people have really dedicated their hours and time and money to it. It really has turned out well. We're really proud of it," Room said.
Besides the new sign proclaiming the museum on the National Register of Historic Places, another sign was dedicated to the work of Dick and Mary (now deceased) Lowery.
The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month from May through September. There is no admission charge.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.