When I was touring the Suffield, CT Historic District, I stumbled onto and interesting fact – there are two historic districts. I’ve been through other towns that have historic homes outside of the established historic district, but I’ve never seen a town that has multiple districts.
As I toured the second district, I snapped a few photos (most of which I have shared in previous posts) and I discovered one gem – Mapleton Hall. The following has been excerpted from a few different, including CT Historic Buildings, and CTVisit.
“Constructed in 1883 as a Grange Hall to serve Suffield and the surrounding community, located along the trolley line from Hartford to Springfield, Its pancake breakfasts made it a ‘must see’ location into the early 20th century while ‘entertainments’ were added to provide additional draw. There are two murals representing mid-century theatricals. Two wings were added to the central hall in 1896 due to the large crowds. The hall has been lovingly restored and maintained by the Suffield Players to that period including the tin ceilings and wood floors. It is a historical gem.”
Mapleton Hall is the performance home for The Suffield Players, a community theater group. Community theater, as well as the professional theater companies, orchestras, and opera companies, are struggling with how to stage performances during this pandemic. The Suffield Players plan to open the 2020-21 season in early October with “The Dining Room” at Mapleton Hall, above, which had to be rescheduled because of the novel coronavirus shutdown.
This post is offered in conjunction with Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, a weekly exploration of doors from around the world. Each week, Norm shares a collection of doors from his travels, and he invites others to link up via his site and share their own doors. If you want to show us your doors, or if you just want to see a big bunch of doors, visit Norm’s site.