Native stone Legion Hut in Searcy Arkansas to get new tenants.....White County Historical Society to move in.

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When is a tree not needed?  Right now.  The tree in front of Searcy's historic Legion Hut keeps a person from noticing the historic structure nestled in between two other buildings.

Legion Hut was built of native stone in 1934 and was reportedly about 3000 sq. ft. in size.  It's on the North side of the Court Square facing busy Race Street where vehicles whiz by at all hours of the day.  At the time it was built, however, traffic was light and the building was the hub of a lot of city and county activity. 

It has housed the mayor's office and been the scene  of lots of social activities. Square-dancers once held their functions there.  My husband remembers it being a teen center where the kids could spin records and dance.

The Historical Society plans to make improvements to it since it has been in a declining state for the last few years. 

I put the small picture of the adjoining building for you to see how close the properties are.  Bobby's Family Restaurant puts out some mighty fine home cooking with a regular clientele.  Whoever shares the office at the Legion Hut will have some awesome food smells drifting their way.  I do hope they remove the tree in front so we can see the old building.

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Rainmaker
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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

I agree with you, I hope they take that tree out of the way. Not only will it make the building more visible but it would also allow the sunlight to dry out the moisture that's shading the building and probably contributing to the buildings deterioration.

Jul 12, 2009 02:07 PM #1
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Patricia Kennedy
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Barbara, what a wonderful old building!  These stone buildings must last forever!

Jul 12, 2009 02:15 PM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Suesan, you make a very good point.  A newspaper article that was written about the repairs needed included a smell of mold from leakage.  That tree contributes to that for sure plus it is sandwiched between two buildings and can't breathe.  The one on the left side is tall and towers over this little hut.

Jul 12, 2009 02:17 PM #3
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Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
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Barbara

You sure have a great variety of great old buildings in your community. I love to just stop and stare at them myself and snap a lot of photos also.

Jul 12, 2009 02:17 PM #4
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Eric Villaverde
DoubleTree Home Inspection Services L.L.C. - Phoenix, AZ

I really like your local post. Thanks for keeping me informed when it comes to your local market.

Jul 12, 2009 02:46 PM #5
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Tony Orefice
Wilkinson ERA/www.TonyORealtor.com - Concord, NC
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Hi Barbara,

I love the old stone buildings and houses you post for us! Thanks!

Jul 12, 2009 11:23 PM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Trey, one thing activerain does is make us view our communities in a different way.  I never noticed these landmarks before.

Tony I'm glad you like the old buildings and that you look at my blog.

 

Jul 13, 2009 12:22 AM #7
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

The back wall interior is also solid Arkansas native stone. Here's the fireplace with the Arkansas flag that

flew over the state capital March 19, 1948.

Legion Hut Fireplace

Jul 13, 2009 03:44 AM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Thanks, Don!  I have been it it perhaps once and that was eons ago.  I'm interested all over again.  Go any more pictures of the inside?

Jul 13, 2009 04:16 AM #9
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

The Legion Hut  is the location of the White County chapter of the Red Cross. Here's an inside shot showing stacks of goods for the needy.

Legion Hut Red Cross Center

Here's the Hut in 2006.

Hut in 2006

 Outside the Legion Hut is a plaque commemorating Searcy's Margarete Neel’s Red Cross service. Ms. Neel became the poster girl for the Red Cross during WWII. Here's Ms. Neel with some of the reported 1.4 million posters of her.

Margarete Ethel Neel (1913–1971)

During the 2006 Searcy Historical Tour, one of the valuble contributors to this blog, Anita Hart Fuller, paid a tribute to Ms. Neel with a display on the White County Court House lawn.

Tribute to Margarete Neel

More about Ms. Neel can be found here.

Anita and I were privileged to have had Ms. Neel as a music teacher when we were in the 7th grade.

 

 

 

Jul 13, 2009 05:53 AM #10
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Kate Kate
San Diego, CA

Hey, I love trees but not to cover up stone. Another stone work in Searcy. I think I would really enjoy the historical architecture. Kate

Jul 13, 2009 12:40 PM #11
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, you are so much better at this blogging than I am.  You have what you need at your finger tips and can post it in a flash.  Thanks for putting up those pictures and providing extra history!!

Kate, I wish the whole building could be seen but the tree covers up 1/2 of it.  Thanks for comment.

Jul 13, 2009 12:53 PM #12
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Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Barbara maybe they could just trim this tree back a bit to take our the lower branches.

Jul 14, 2009 01:02 AM #13
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mrs Barbara,

I think Mr Charles was stoned when he had that photo of his put on the internet.

Jul 14, 2009 12:32 PM #14
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Mary, anything would help.  We need to see the other side!

Steve, is this comment from you or Nutsy?  Mr. Charles may not have been stoned but he needs to use that as an excuse!  Anything! as an excuse..... LOL

Jul 14, 2009 12:53 PM #15
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