Today, we feature Harmony Hall– a former school, Sunday school, meetinghouse, and coal shed that was originally built in 1752 and most recetly transformed into a beautiful single-family home in Easton, Massachusetts.
Harmony Hall has been integral part of the South Easton Massachusetts community. Recorded construction dates to 1752. But local history suggests it may pre-date that. Once used as a support building for the local foundry industries, this brick gabled beauty has served as a meeting hall, school, music center and base of operations for a multitude of civic organizations. The house was recently purchased from the local American Legion chapter by Robert and Joanne Carroll in 2006, who embarked on a complete restoration finished in 2008.
Along with a four season room and garage addition, the first floor renovations include a huge open kitchen with the best of the best appliances and fixtures. The first floor master and laundry, along with the smaller baby’s room or office are just down a short hall past the powder room. The covered front entry brings you into a warm brick walled foyer. From the garage end, off the four season room, there is another covered (farmers) porch, connecting to the mud-room and hall closet. The Main house is wide open space 33′ x 40′ with a 13′ high barrel vaulted ceiling. This massive room is subtly divided to allow a more formal living area, or could remain open for true family living. When you enter the home from any direction you are immediately greeted with the warm colors and original brick masonry gables.
The hall’s purported connection to the original Foundry operation seemed to be confirmed when in the course of the renovations Robert found 75 caliper iron balls in the dirt. In the early 19th-century, the hall evolved to become a meeting place and focal point for the Furnace Brook Village part of town. By the 1840s the foundry had discontinued using the building and in the 1860s, high school classes were offered at the hall one term a year for students in the area to better their education.
Based on stories passed down through generations, the hall takes its current name “Harmony Hall” from the singing school that occupied the building as well as a brass band that practiced there in the first half of the 19th century. A women’s literary society called the Outlook Club took over the building from 1888 until at least the 1970s when the Legion bought the property. For more on the property’s history, check out the news story from the Easton Journal. For more photos and details, check out the Harmony Hall listing at Historic Homes Marketplace.
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