Benefit Auction For Old Jail Set For August 13
The Fulton County Historical Society is joining with the Fulton County commissioners to raise funds to help renovate the Fulton County Jail. A benefit auction will be held at Hustontown Firehall on Saturday, August 13, 2011. All donations will be tax deductible.
Bricks formed and burned on William Hoke’s ground in Mc- Connellsburg during the summer of 1851 are visible under the stucco above the front porch floor. Because the stucco cannot be removed, it will be covered with a one-inch thick brick made by hand at the Cushwa plant in Williamsport, Md. The bricks will match what appears under the stucco and will have the soft contours and texture of antique brick. An applied sample can be viewed at the rear of the jail.
An engineering study confirmed the jail building is structurally sound. While it cannot be upgraded for use as a jail, it can be renovated for continued use by the county as was intended when local citizens contributed funds to build it in 1851. The Historical Society agreed to help raise renovation funds so it will remain as a contributing building in the federally designated McConnellsburg Historic District.
Individuals and businesses may donate funds through the Fulton County Historical Society, Box 115, McConnellsburg, PA 17233 or contribute items for the auction. Small, handcrafted items will be offered through a silent auction, while larger items will be sold through a traditional bidding auction following a meal at the firehall on August 13. Yard sale items will not be accepted. Gift certificates or a gift of services from organizations are welcomed and will be recognized at the dinner program. Receipts will be mailed following the auction.
Brochures and letters are being mailed to local businesses and individuals requesting donations. The names of major contributors will be listed on a plaque inside the jail and all donors of $100 or more will receive the Historical Society’s new medallion commemorating the 225th anniversary of Mc- Connellsburg. Items for the auction may be dropped off at the commissioners office at 116 West Market Street in McConnellsburg during regular business hours. Meal tickets at $10 are available for the dinner, while the auction is open to all at no charge.