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Killingly Grange to receive historic designation

By Don Bond, The Norwich Bulletin (11-13-09)

  NOVEMBER 13, 2009 --

The Killingly Grange and a Dayville homeowner will receive signs designating their buildings as "Local Historic Properties" in ceremonies on Sunday, November 15, 2009.

The Historic District Commission will present the signs to the Grange, marking its meeting hall as a historic property, as well as to Glenna Bruno, who owns the former Samuel Moffitt house at 40 Pleasant St. in Dayville, to designate the historic significance of the home. The presentation will be made at the Grange hall at noon, followed by a similar ceremony at Bruno's house.

Commission chairwoman Teresa Barton said Killingly, on March 8, 1988, became the first town in Connecticut to establish a local historic property, when it bestowed that designation on the Samuel Moffitt house. Bruno said the house was outside the boundaries of the Dayville Historic District, thus making it eligible for the singular designation.

Barton said the designation offers the individual sites the same protection given to properties within the historic districts. This allows them to be placed under the jurisdiction of the Historic District Commission, she said.

She said aiding individual buildings to be designated as historic properties helps the owner and the town preserve structures of local historical importance.

Within six months of its decision to designate the Samuel Moffitt house a historic property, Barton said Killingly added two more properties to the list. They were the Center Schoolhouse, at Route 101 and Dog Hill Road, which for many years has been the Killingly Grange hall; and Stone Road in the Pineville section of Killingly.

Because Killingly's Historic District Commission is considered a "certified local government," it can participate in a nationwide program of financial and technical assistance to preserve historic properties. It is eligible for special grants for this work from the state Historic Preservation office.



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