The Museum’s First Building


Written by Debrah Lovan

February 24, 2022

Badin Historic Museum opened its doors on October 14 1998 in a newly renovated and relocated building.  The small wood  frame building, now at the corner of Falls Road and Pine Street, originally sat 1 block away at the corner of  Falls Road and Maple Street. 

The move was an emotional one for many Badinites.  Alcoa built the building in 1916 to house their property/rental office.  When that office moved to the Commercial Building in 1920  the building became the town’s Kindergarten.  After several years  enrollment dropped and  that school  program was discontinued.  The building then became a popular  meeting place  for many community events, including  the Red Cross , Home Demonstration Club , school events and private parties. 

ALCOA  donated the building to the town of Badin with the requirement it be moved off of ALCOA property.   Through the support of Better Badin and Volunteers, including  Friends of Badin,   funds were raised to move the building to its present location.  The property is still maintained by the Town of Badin. The museum exhibits are property of Badin Historic Museum.

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