THE HISTORY OF MAPLETON HALL

Mapleton Hall, current home of The Suffield Players, was completed in 1883 as a Grange Hall to serve the local community.  The Suffield Players became a tenant in 1978, moving from Suffield High School.  The Mapleton Hall Association found they no longer needed the facility as a Grange and sold the building and property to The Suffield Players in 1999, knowing the theatre company would take good care of the historic building and maintain its history.  Since taking ownership, The Suffield Players have renovated the interior and exterior, with an eye toward maintaining its historic features.

Mapleton Hall (originally named Central Hall) was completed in 1883 as the area's meeting hall for farmers, becoming the Grange Hall in 1885.  Located on Crooked Lane, which was later renamed Mapleton Avenue, its importance grew and the North and South Halls had to be added in 1896 . May “Pancake Breakfasts” and evening entertainments drew crowds off the Hartford-Springfield Trolley line.  The basement was a full kitchen with brick grills, stoves, white china, and monogrammed silver to host the throngs of guests.  The Grange Society continued to thrive until industry began to overtake agriculture in local significance.  The Grange Society dwindled in membership, turning over management to the Mapleton Hall Association who rented out the Hall to more groups like the Suffield Players.  The Players have been the sole owner ever since, intent on restoring the building while providing arts and cultural activities for a long time to come.

 

A Timeline of Mapleton Hall
initiated by Lyle Pearsons

1880s 1896 1897 1937 1978 1979 1980s 1982 1988 19891990s1999 2001 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2012 2016

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