The hammers will soon be tapping at Academy Hall, Rocky Hill’s oldest public building and home to the town’s historical society.
On Monday, the Rocky Hill Town Council gave the go-ahead for $54,000 worth of repairs and upgrades to make the building both safer and handicapped accessible.
Millennium Builders of Rocky Hill has been contracted to complete the work, which will include:
- Repairing the front steps
- Installing a ramp for wheelchair access
- Fixing up the front entrance and foyer
- Renovating the first-floor restroom
Built in 1803, Academy Hall, at 785 Old Main Street, continues its long history of serving as a place for education. The Federal-style building was opened as an academy for sea captains to learn about navigation. In the mid-1800s it was converted to an elementary school and served as an educational building until 1941. In 1962, the historic building, scheduled for demolition, was rescued by a group of individuals who formed the Rocky Hill Historical Society. Academy Hall became the society’s museum and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.