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.
November 24, 2019
It was a small group of 31 local residents who founded the Starling Grange in 1875. Within four years, on March 8, 1879, a 24’ X 40’ structure was dedicated, the first hall built in Maine specifically intended to be a Grange. In just 20 years that building was too small to house all the activities 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, 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 usable with plumbing, a concrete foundation, heating system, restrooms and a partial electrical upgrade.
By 2014, the hall had fallen into disrepair, the upstairs was closed, there were squirrels in the two story indoor outhouse. A small group of local people formed a group called Friends of Starling Hall a.k.a FOSH. Maine Historical Preservation Commission helped Starling Hall gain recognition on the National Register of Historic Places. With help, FOSH became a tax exempt organization. Through fundraising, generous donations and foundation support we raised the funds needed to move the hall back from the road and place it on a new foundation with a full basement.
At the 2019 town meeting, residents demonstrated their desire and support for a community center when they voted to take on a $100,000 bond repayable by FOSH fundraising. Soon Starling Hall will return to its role as a Community Center where residents from Fayette and nearby communities will once again develop connections that deepen our community’s well being.
There is now electricity at the pole, a steel beam will soon be placed to stabilize the building for generations. Septic hook up and new building entrances are in the works. Please stay tuned for how you can help create the new Community Center at Starling Hall. There is still much more that needs to be done! The building’s 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 are critical.
Can you help us restore Starling Hall so it can once again become the community center that brings us all together?
$25 single sponsor
$50 family sponsor
$100 star sponsor
$250 silver sponsor
$500 gold sponsor
$1,000 platinum sponsor