2017-09-07 / Community

Open house planned for historic Rubicon Township building

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

RUBICON TOWNSHIP - The historic Rubicon Township building will be celebrated with an informal reception open house on Monday, Sept. 18 with a short program by local historian Jim Hunter and light refreshments. The event will take place after the 7 p.m. regularly scheduled September meeting. Hunter will also have some historic photographs.

Hunter, who is a member of the Port Hope History Society, which is a subgroup of the Friends of the Port Hope Depot, said the building may be the oldest building in Huron County in continuous use.

The structure was built in 1867 “up on the bluff” behind what was then the village down at the waterfront.

The building served as a relief center after the Fire of 1871 razed other buildings of Port Hope. The now township building also survived the Fire of 1881.

Hunter said the building over the years has also hosted dances, dinners, plays and many other community functions such as elections. It has been owned by the Masons and the Amvets and was bought by Rubicon Township in the late 1960s. While it has a functional second floor, which had been used for Masonic meetings, for example, it isn’t handicapped-accessible, so it isn’t in use.


RUBICON TOWNSHIP - The historic Rubicon Township building will be celebrated with an informal reception open house in the evening on Monday, Sept. 18, with a short program by local historian Jim Hunter. 
Photos by John Bonke RUBICON TOWNSHIP - The historic Rubicon Township building will be celebrated with an informal reception open house in the evening on Monday, Sept. 18, with a short program by local historian Jim Hunter. Photos by John Bonke Hunter also said that it had originally been built farther back off of Main Street, but was moved forward around the beginning of the 20th century to match the other buildings along the village’s main thoroughfare. At that time, a stage was added.

Hunter also said that the Friends are asking for and collecting Port Hope area artifacts and information and the local historians are cataloging items.

For more information, call Jim Hunter at 989-428-4831, talk to any member of the group or see the Friends of the Port Hope Depot website at porthopedepot.org.

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