Phelps Granary

phelps granary manton michiganThe Manton Area Heritage Restoration Group’s mission is to preserve the Manton area’s history, to protect its resources and to encourage sustainable community development, said Bev Monroe, the organization’s chair.  Its first priority is to acquire and restore the Phelps Brothers Granary, which is located downtown across from Railroad Park and next to the Ramp ’N’ Rail Skate Park. Built in 1900, it had been a working granary until about five years ago, Monroe said.

“It’s such a focal point in the town,” she said. “We really, really want to save it.”
The group envisions possibly leasing one portion of the building for use as a grain mill and feed store and/or an area agricultural museum. The “store” portion would be available to the community as perhaps a meeting hall; a classroom/training site featuring classes in arts, crafts, music, canning, First Aid and CPR; a farmers market; or a polling place.

A structural engineer from the Michigan Historical Preservation Network has deemed the building structurally sound, save for a few cracks in the foundation and roof repairs that since have been determined to cost an estimated $10,000, Monroe said.   Those interested in helping out financially or in volunteering can call Monroe at 824-3391.

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