TROY — The Maine Historic Preservation Commission board of directors, at its quarterly meeting on July 22 in Rockland, voted to approve the nominations of the Troy Union Church (Troy Union Meeting House 1840) and Troy’s Seven Star Grange (State Grange 73, built in 1876), as well as other properties in Maine for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, administered by the National Park Service.
These nominations are forwarded to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. Within 45 days of receiving the nominations, National Park Service staff makes the final determination and notifies the state commission which then notifies the property owners and local elected officials. Rarely is the nomination revoked, as the determination made by the State Historic Preservation Commission is considered the final determination. Anyone who disagrees with a property’s listing on the National Register has had an opportunity to comment before the meeting of the State Commission.
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 established the register to acknowledge “properties of local and state significance in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture, and worthy of preservation.”
For the Troy Union Church, this National Register listing recognizes the historic significance of the building’s architecture and construction. It also means members of the church may apply for a restoration grant from the Maine Steeples Project, a partnership between Maine Preservation and Maine Community Foundation.
Norma and Greg Rossel of Troy were among the interested public attending the meeting. Norma was pleased with the vote of the commission, as she has been working on the National Register nomination since November. Margaret Henderson, master of the Troy Seven Star Grange, was not able to attend the commission meeting, but said she is hopeful that the national recognition of the Grange hall, where the community has gathered for all sorts of occasions for 135 years, will assist in getting help with maintenance of the big, timber-framed, two-story hall.
Norma said the National Register nomination is one more step toward restoration of the historic church building. The steeple has been stabilized, but more funds must be raised to complete the truss repairs before the belfry and roof repairs can be completed, and a grant such as the ones offered through the Maine Steeples Project would help a great deal. Donations for Troy Union Church Restoration may be sent to Treasurer, 230 Bangor Road, Troy 04987.
For more information about the Seven Star Grange, call Margaret Henderson at 948-2762.