The West Liberty Historical Society has a new home. All society members and interested community residents are invited to a “vision casting” meeting on Tuesday, May 23, at the Liberty Gathering Place, from 7:30-8:30.
The Society recently purchased their future home from the Village Council for $1,001. The purchase and stabilization of the property was made possible by a gift from the great, great grandson of the builder, George Bailey, who built the house around 1850. The house is located directly east of the town hall but was built prior to the town hall. The Bailey family would have looked out their front door to see the village grazing area until 1868.
The “Bailey House” has been home to the West Liberty Police Department for the past 10 years. When the police and the village council no longer had a use for the building, they considered demolishing it. Members of the Bailey family heard about the possibility and Mr. Herb McClain of Quaker City, Ohio came forward and offered to provide the funds to save and restore the house as a Community History Center. He will be working with a committee of the Historical Society to plan and carry out the renovations.
Tuesday’s meeting will be for the purpose of presenting to the membership and community residents the current condition of the house and the plans for updating. There will also be a discussion of the future use of the home as a museum and the appointment of a committee to oversee the memorabilia collection, organization and display.
These members of the WLHS may be contacted personally for questions or suggestions; Donna Lou Erwin, Ellen Vitt, Joyce Woodruff, Art and Mary Newcomer, Joyce Zilles, Al Park, Bob Harrison, Ron Gratz and Grayson Atha.
Submitted by the West Liberty Historical Society.