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G.A.R. is oldest building; was restored by D.C. Conservation

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Building is the oldest in Redfield. It was saved from ruin a decade ago by a local family, who donated it to the Dallas County Conservation Board. The building has been fully restored and is open for visits at certain times of the year.
The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Building is the oldest in Redfield. It was saved from ruin a decade ago by a local family, who donated it to the Dallas County Conservation Board. The building has been fully restored and is open for visits at certain times of the year.

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) lodge is the only remaining building from the original town of Redfield.

The building was constructed in the 1880s by local men who are believed to have been members of the Marshall Post of the G.A.R.

Members met every two weeks to discuss community events and to honor those killed in the war; their purpose was to help widows and children of men who died during the Civil War.

However, they were also active in community affairs, helping with charity efforts. The building’s upper floor was used for Post meetings, while the bottom floor was available for a business.

In the 1940s, the building was given to the Redfield American Legion Post. That came at a time when the last living member of the Marshall Post passed away.

Later the building was used as an apartment building. By the 1990s, however, the building had fallen into disrepair and a local Redfield family purchased it and donated it to the Dallas County Conservation Board on the condition that it be restored to an 1880s appearance.

The Conservation Board oversaw the restoration and a museum is now located on the first floor and the Post meeting Room has been restored on the second level.

The lower floor is open to the public on selected weekends and holidays during the year and by appointment at other times.

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