First Thursday of the month at 7:00pm @ the Fayette Fire Station (2475 Main Street, Fayette)
Become a Friend of Starling Hall
$25 - single membership
$40 - family membership
$100.00 - gold star member
$500.00 - platinum or corporate member
Call the town office or message the FOSH Facebook page to learn more.
It was a small group of 31 local residents who founded the Starling Grange in 1875. Just four years later on March 8, 1879, a 24’ X 40’ structure was dedicated. Within 20 years that building was too small to house all the activities planned and it became necessary to increase the size of the structure to its present size of 36’ X 60’.
For 135 years, Starling Hall served as Fayette's Grange Hall. It was a focal point for community activities, theatrical productions, hosting town meetings, elementary school graduations, private parties, voting, dances, oyster suppers, 4-H clubs, historical artifacts, plays and winter balls.
In the 1990s when the grange operations ceased, the hall came under town ownership. Town improvements made the building more useable with plumbing, a concrete foundation, heating system, restrooms and a partial electrical upgrade.
In 2014, a small group of local people formed a group called Friends of Starling Hall a.k.a FOSH.
"Friends" is an association of local citizens determined to save Starling Hall and return it, once again, to its role as a community center. Through local fundraising activities, generous donations and grants, we have raised the funds needed to move the hall back from the road and place it on a new foundation with a full basement.
While that alone is exciting, there is still much more that needs to be done! The buildings structural integrity must be restored and all building systems must be upgraded to meet current safety and use requirements. Interior improvements and a new bathroom are needed. The building exterior, including painting, clapboard replacement and roof repair, is critical.
NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Can you help us restore Starling Hall so it can once again become the community center that binds us all together?