Preserving local history
Thankfully, the Troy Sale Barn will be saved after all.
In a saga that's been playing out for months now, a decision has been made that seems to satisfy everyone involved.
The Review reported that at this week's meeting, Troy Borough Council unanimously accepted the recommendation of the general government committee on the sale barn - a decision aimed at its preservation and use by the community. The management of the property, including authority over restoration and fund raising, will be turned over to the Troy Historical Society.
The conclusion pleased society board member Bill Brasington, who called the action a very important milestone. He shared his visions of the sale barn being used as a community center, an ampitheatre, a political podium or even a museum of sorts.
The Troy area community has shared stories of the barn's history, signed petitions and voiced opinions in support of this restoration. It should remain united in moving forward with the project - it is estimated that more than $150,000 needs to be raised to pay for repairs and updates.
Built around 1920 by the Troy-Canton Holstein Association, the building is more than 90 years old. It's eligible to be a National Historical Building because of its significant economic impact in western Bradford County.
Another board member of the historical society, long-time Troy resident Bill Bower wrote in a recent letter to the editor in The Review: "Agriculture is the cornerstone of Pennsylvania's economy and a way of life for over 62,000 families within the state. If the state is trying to preserve farmland, surely the little Borough of Troy can save a building that meant so much to farmers in our area." We agree. And we're pleased the decision has been made to do just that.