Former village hall demolished in Amelia

The village of Amelia lost a piece of it’s rich history with the demolition of the old village hall/Masonic Building Nov. 30.

Amelia residents Roberta and Claude Dodson, who have owned the building and the property since 1985, decided to level the historic structure due to its unsafe and deteriorating condition.

“It was just getting old,” said Claude Dodson. “The deterioration of the building was making it unsafe. We understand and appreciate the historical significance of the structure, but we felt that the time had come to bring it down.”

According to official county historian Richard Crawford, the building’s history started in the 1850’s when it was constructed by Knights of Pythias fraternal organization.