Local history buff tells of Troy sale barn's past Says the building was important economically
As a member of the Bradford County Heritage Association and the Troy Historical Society, Bill Brasington of Troy lives and breathes history.
And he is hoping that the sale barn in Troy will continue to be around for a long time.
This week, Troy Borough Council Member Krystle Bristol said that although council last month agreed to solicit bids for the purchase and demolition of the sale barn, and the subsequent clean-up of the property, that's by far not the only option that's being considered.
She said that "several options to preserve the building are being looked into."
Recently, Brasington, who is in support of a petition to preserve the sale barn, shared some information about the property.
"The sale barn is one of the few buildings in town that are eligible to be declared a National Historical Building," he said.
"It's eligible because of its significant economic impact in western Bradford County. When the sale barn was built, Canton and Troy were economic equals in western Bradford County, both located along the railroad."
He said the sale barn was built around 1920 by the Troy-Canton Holstein Association, which he said was a group of 20 farmers who pooled their money together to buy three expensive breeding bulls, which sired offspring that broke records for milking. He said the association developed a reputation for quality in the northeast United States.
He said the sale barn changed the economic history for western Bradford County, and just have easily could have been built in Canton.
"People who have grown up in Troy when the sale barn was active remember that Wednesday was the busiest day of the week in Troy," he said.
The sale barn functioned as an auction sale house for livestock, he said, noting that trappers even brought furs there to sell.
"There was activity coming in on the train, from quite a ways away," he said. "Much of the livestock developed and sold was world-class material."
He noted, "Troy has a strong history of supporting the farmers in western Bradford County, and those farmers retuned the economic power to Troy by supporting the town."
"We have enough of our buildings being torn down for economic reasons," he said. "There should be a way this building can be used to support the interests of the community and farmers everywhere."
He noted that the sale barn has a very good roof on it, thanks to farmers who donated money to repair the roof. He said it also has a good foundation.
"There were people in the area who felt this building was important enough," he said.
Brasington also noted that the Bradford County Historical Society in Towanda agreed with the Troy Historical Society "in its position that any steps to save the building that are possible should be taken."
He said the sale barn became inactive in the late 1970s.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.