The Eaton Area Historical Society begins construction on a new Carriage House to be built behind the existing A.J. Eaton House Museum.
Following a review of bids submitted by interested local builders, the Eaton Area Historical Society has chosen Troy Hauer Custom Builders, Inc. of Eaton as the contractor for the construction of their replica Carriage House. The current non-historical garage behind the A.J. Eaton House Museum will be removed and replaced with the new structure. It will be used to exhibit items currently in storage, as well as to provide better preservation areas for items not on display. “Troy and his wife Angie have been great to work with during the bidding process and are very enthusiastic about the project, “ said Historical Society president Carolyn Prior.
The garage was a storage area for items that would not fit in the house museum, duplicate items, and things that did not work well with our museum exhibits. Many of those things have been moved to other storage. What is remaining was sold as an additional way to add funds to the building project. Several people donated items to be included in the sale as well. Thanks to the help of auctioneer Lance Nichols, the sale was successfully conducted online.
The current Museum space is well-utilized for display of numerous collections owned and curated by the EAHS, but does not provide enough space to allow for adequate display and interpretation of all the valuable and fascinating historical items that have been acquired by and donated to the museum.
The current (not historical) garage behind the museum has been removed and will be replaced with a 1400 square foot, two story carriage house-style building in which the EAHS proposes to display our military, school, and agriculture collections. In addition to the much-needed expanded exhibit space, the Carriage House will provide important weather-safe storage areas. The plans include many possibilities for the venue to be used as a special gathering place for community and surrounding area activities and social events.
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