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Huntington Town Hall
Transcript of Huntington Town Hall
Why is it
special to Huntington? Read about its legacy to foster the futures of Huntington since 1793
The timeline of how it all began
In 1793 the first recorded building was erected and placed on Main Street across from the Old First Church. What kind of building could be so important as to be placed across from a 100 year old church at the time? The answer is Huntington Academy, where the first school to legally be in the district of Huntington was constructed.
This link http://books.google.com/books?id=CLA3AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA168&lpg=PA168&dq=huntington+academy+1793&source=bl&ots=jfMtb1vpoe&sig=Ens6-ycdokGFsv_NMeDTpz5V2iw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=CdeoU9uUEoSTyATM7YLoDQ&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=huntington%20academy%201793&f=false
taken from town records, will lead you to the history of Huntington Academy and its importance to the town.
The building continues as a Education building for many years, centuries even
After the Huntington Academy was closed due to overwhelming number of students, the building was torn down to reveal a bigger structure which became known as the Huntington High School officially in the Union Free School District (fourth UFSD in the state) from 1858 until its closing, again because of overpopulation in 1959.
More and more added to the timeline!
Believe it or not, the building was again used for educational purposes as a Jr. High school/middle school from 1959 - 1976. Many believe that the number of years this building served as a school shows its amazing purpose, which is to help out the town.
Finally! The building in its current day use:
Huntington Town Hall has served as such since 1979 when the building was officially sold to the Town of Huntington. Ever since, it has stood majestically atop the property on Main Street that overlooks most of Huntington Bay.
Most of the meetings regarding finances, community projects, and businesses in Huntington are held in this magnificent building today. In addition, it serves as a archives station for town archives that are mostly official.
A Historical place like this? Priceless!
The original Huntington Academy along with the current building that stands in its place today wouldn't have been possible without the contributors from the Town of Huntington. The Huntington Academy alone was made possible by 50 residents eager to make a change. The current building that stands today was estimated to cost $105,000 at the time of its construction. Even today the building is very highly valued not only because of its historical significance, but for its role it plays in the Town of Huntington as Town Hall.
The support for the buildings that have stood on this property has never been an issue. The construction of these huge buildings was a strain on the public's finances, but is now well worth it with its sense of "protecting the public welfare" as it states on the building.
The support for the buildings that have stood on this property has never been an issue. The construction of these huge buildings wouldn't have been possible without the public. However, they followed the Huntington motto and supported the educational projects financially to "protect the welfare of the public" as it says on the building that stands today.
What is in the future for Town Hall of Huntington?
Hopefully, the building will have plans to "Go Green," filing all paperwork electronically.
The building is expected to stay the way it is in its structure until further notice due to its historical significance!
As I visited, the building is in rather bad shape on the interior and needs to be dealt with - soon!
Not all parts of the building are being used, leaving some parts to wither away. At this rate of decay, some of the historical part of the building will be gone forever in no time!
"A History of the Huntington Union Free School District." www.hufsd.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 June 2014. <http://www.hufsd.edu/assets/pdfs/community/heritage/archived/2010/her_district_school_history.pdf>.
"Huntington Town Records, Including Babylon, Long Island, N.Y.: 1776-1873." Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 June 2014. <http://books.google.com/books?id=CLA3AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA168&lpg=PA168&dq=huntington+academy+1793&source=bl&ots=jfMtb1vpoe&sig=Ens6-ycdokGFsv_NMeDTpz5V2iw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=CdeoU9uUEoSTyATM7YLoDQ&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=huntington%20academy%201793&f=false>.