The Union Society was formed on January 30th, 1837. The Society's purpose was to build a Meeting House to serve as a church for five different denominations, including the Methodists, Congregationalists, Spiritualists, and Baptists. The church was completed in 1840.
Construction began in October of 2023 to add a permanent ADA compliant second exit/entrance on the north side of the building with an earthen ramp. Although the Town had installed a temporary ADA ramp, entry through the historic front doors was challenging as they were not wide enough for a wheelchair, which limited our ability to provide inclusive community programming. The addition of the new second entrance/exit allowed the capacity of the building to increase while also enabling the FUMH to host larger events to serve even more members of the community. In addition to private philanthropic support, this project is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the State of Vermont, the Walter Cerf Community Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and the Hoehl Family Foudation. The project was completed in April 2023.
On August 6th, 2021 the steeple of the Union Meeting Hall was removed for repairs. The steeple, rebuilt after being struck by lightning and damaged by fire in 1976, was in need of repairs to replace progressive rot.
On September 25th, 2021 the steeple of the Union Meeting Hall was put back on top of the building just in time for Ferrisburgh Day, with festivities set to begin the following morning.
All of the 181-year-old windows at the Union Meeting Hall have been removed and are currently being restored offsite. In addition, any rot on the exterior trim will be replaced and painted and any damaged interior window stops will be repaired. This project was supported in part by the MK Taylor Foundation, The Millstone Foundation and private philanthropic support. This rehabilitation of the windows is slated to be finished by Fall 2023.
Silas Towler, President of the Ferrisburgh Historical Society, discusses the rich history of the Union Meeting Hall. His research of historical archives highlighted all the different types of events that took place at the property through the years. This presentation was given in the Union Meeting Hall in the summer of 2019.