Garrison Players unveils Ramsdell Plaque
At Garrison Players Arts Center
Garrison Players are known as a local theater group, but they are also the custodians of the Hiram R Roberts Hall. This grange was designed and built in 1894 by noted local architect Alvah Thurston Ramsdell. He was a popular architect of that time period, building area homes and many other buildings which survive, including the Rollinsford Town Hall, the chapel at Pine Hill Cemetery, the McConnell Center in Dover, and many more.
The Garrison Players acquired this wonderful old building in 1988. At that time it had been allowed to sink into disrepair and had not been used at all for more than 10 years. The Players worked to revive the hall and transform it into the Garrison Players Arts Center, as it serves today, on Roberts Road in Rollinsford.
The Garrison Players Board of Directors were proud to recently unveil a plaque honoring Alvah Thurston Ramsdell and his contributions to the seacoast region.
The plaque was commissioned in appreciation of long-time Garrison Players volunteer Joan Carol DeVries, who passed away earlier this year. Her exhaustive work on the restoration of the Hiram Roberts Grange and its historical significance became a cornerstone for the theater to receive support from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.
The unveiling was a quiet affair as the arts center is currently closed to the public, with hope to safely reopen in 2021. The Garrison Players remain active through their online youth education dance and theater classes, and monthly remote Readers Theater productions.
Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center. For more information about auditions, shows or GPAC, visit the website at www.garrisonplayers.org.