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Heritage Acton is a registered charitable organization made up of volunteers dedicated to enriching lives through the arts, heritage, culture, and celebration. Our mission is to offer a beautiful, historic gathering place that is a vibrant part of our diverse community.
We welcome new members and are always looking for people who can share their time, talents and vision. If you are interested in finding out more, or in becoming an occasional or regular volunteer, please contact us at email@example.com. We recognize that everyone brings something special to the committee.
HERITAGE ACTON EXECUTIVES
Lloyd McIntyre, Chair
Larry Lichty, Vice Chair
Mary Querques, Treasurer
Maureen Ryan, Secretary
VOLUNTEER BOARD MEMBERS
Bill & Kathy Sanford
FRIENDS OF HERITAGE ACTON
We gratefully acknowledge the herculean efforts of our founding members:
History of Acton Town Hall
Acton Town Hall was built by the town fathers who agreed it was essential that a building be available for use by council and the community.
The Town Hall was opened with a grand ball in March and remained the hub of Acton’s social life for over 80 years.
The upstairs auditorium was the location for high school “At Home”, meetings, dances, concerts and many other activities. The stage was frequently in use for Sunday school plays, amateur dramatics, minstrel shows and the like. Downstairs housed the police station, council chambers, library, and practice room for the Acton Citizens’ Band.
When the building was a few years shy of its 100th birthday, the regional government moved out of the Acton to Georgetown.
Halton Hills declared the building surplus and condemned it as unsafe. The Council moved to demolish the building and create a fire hall parking lot.
A grassroots citizens’ protest arose which resulted in the formation of two committees (Acton Town Hall Restoration Committee and Acton Town Hall Fundraising committee). These dedicated persons persuaded the Council to reconsider the demolition and saved the hall. The Town Hall was purchased for a nominal sum and volunteers began the long task of restoration to the historic building. In 1982 the committees merged to become Heritage Acton, a registered charity.
With the help of grants from the Trillium Foundation, Federal Government, Ontario Heritage Foundation, Heritage Foundation of Halton Hills, the Town of Halton Hills and donations from Acton Rotary Club, Acton Kinsmen Club, numerous individual and corporate donors, Heritage Acton has renovated the Town Hall to its former beauty.
Since 1986, the renovated space has been used by social service agencies.
The former jail cell now serves as a small kitchen and the other cell has been kept in its original state. For several years a local service club met regularly in the upstairs “mirror room” of the old Fire Hall.
The Town Hall became the first designated historic building in Halton Hills.
The newly restored Auditorium/Stage (Willow Hall) was revealed to the public during a grand reopening and celebration.
In May of 2013, the Citizens Hall was opened, a secondary entrance, breathtaking mezzanine and heritage elevator.