Dexter Area Historical Society offers Gordon Hall tours during Dexter Daze

The front of the historic Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd. in Dexter, on Dec. 18 following the removal of most of the Christmas decorations.

The Dexter Area Historical Society presents the 9th Annual Gordon Hall Tour on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from noon to 3 p.m.

The tour begins near the driveway, continues throughout the house including the basement and attic, out to the storehouse, and concludes on the front porch with James B. Parker, the author of Voices of the Past: The Saga of Gordon Hall.

Mr. Parker will be signing his book which is available for $25 with the proceeds going toward the rehabilitation of Gordon Hall.

To fully enjoy the whole tour, you must be able to navigate three flights of stairs, however we will have places on the main floor for those who are unable to do so. The basement is very damp and confining, so we do not advise that young children, those with allergies, or other health problems go there. Again, you can wait on the main floor for your group.

Gordon Hall was built between 1841 and 1843 by Judge Samuel Dexter. It has had six owners and gone through many changes in the 172 years.

Now owned by The Dexter Area Historical Society, we have plans to return the Hall to what it was like in 1863 when Judge Dexter died.

On the tour you will learn about those plans as well as how it has changed through the years. Volunteers will be available to tell you about each part of the Hall and share with you the History of Dexter, the Dexter Family and the Hall itself.

The tours will begin at noon and we will start new tours when we have a few people ready. The entire tour takes from 35 to 45 minutes and involves guides at 8 main areas on the grounds and throughout the hall.

There is free parking and we are asking for a suggested donation of $5.00 for adults for the tour. The donations will go toward our Rehabilitation plans. So come join us at Gordon Hall on Saturday, August 15 and we will begin your tour when you and your friends get there.

The last tour begins at 3 p.m., so plan accordingly. 

This report was provided by Dexter Area Historical Society member Nancy Van Blaricum.

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