So the story begins:
On June 26, 1850 Thankful Lillibridge and Deborah Lillibridge “for an inconsideration of Six Dollars….Said Lot of Land Being Purchased by the Inhabitants of Said Town (of Richmond) for the Purpose of Building a Publick Town house on the Same to hold Town Meetings Town Councils and Courts of Probate in the same forever………”
(This land was part of a farm owned by the Lillibridge family. Meadowburg is still a working farm and presently owned by the Kenyon Family.)
At this point in time, Richmond had been a Town for a little over 100 years. A town house was built on the property and used for the purposes as laid out in the original deed.
In 1883 the Town House needed repairs. John L. Kenyon, Halsey P. Clarke, and N. K. Church were appointed to form a committee to “ascertain the practibility and probable cost of a new building…….” They reported that “the gable ends are gradualy working in & that a part of the North side & Northwest Corner we belive to be unsafe….” They provided an estimate of $1200 for a new building, 40’ x 28’ to be placed upon a stone foundation.
So the story continues:
At a Town Meeting held November 4, 1884, it was voted to build a shed on the Town Hall Lot.
On December 1, 1885, Nelson K. Church, “Quitclaim…the Town of Richmond…a certain tract or parcel of land…conveyed for the use of the public for the purpose of having placed thereon that part of the Town shed…”
If “…said portion of said shed…should be removed therefrom then this Deed shall become null and void…and the above conveyed land shall immediately revert to the said grantor his heirs and assignes forever…”
In 1993 the fate of the carriage shed was in question as there was an order to raze the building.
Michael Feraco, the new building and zoning official abolished the order and a needs assessment committee was formed.
The rest of the story….
The Richmond Town Hall is still located on the land deeded to the Town in 1850. The carriage shed just a memory………