We are so excited, the Boyd House is progressing by leaps and bounds! . The electric has been [...]
The Boyd House, located at 5 Bloom Street in Danville was purchased in 2010 to expand the Society’s exhibition and storage spaces, and to provide meeting facilities for presentations and community events.
The home was built in the early 1880s by Daniel Montgomery Boyd, grandson of Daniel Montgomery and great grandson of William Montgomery, founder of Danville. The family was in residence until 1920 when it was purchased by the Danville Elks #754 in 1923. Over the years The Elks added a two story structure and further renovations took place in 1950 and 1960. In 1999 the Elks built and relocated to a new modern building on Rt. 11 which left the Boyd House empty for the first time since Daniel Montgomery Boyd built his home. The building has had several owners but now needs some attention to bring it back to its glory.
The MCHS operates 2 museums, the One-Room Schoolhouse in Mooresburg and the Montgomery House at 1 Bloom Street. Eighteen years ago the Historical Society purchased the white building adjourning the Montgomery House for museum use. Both buildings are filled to capacity and the Society is in need of additional space. The MCHS has been collecting items to open a Mining and Manufacturing Museum to showcase the County’s iron heritage and items manufactured by many other industries that once called the County home. Purchasing the Boyd Home has not only brought this museum closer to becoming a reality, it has rescued one of Danville’s historic buildings. The Board of Directors hope to get the first floor of its new museum open in 2017.