Music and Memories in restored Locust Grove auditorium

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Locust Grove residents, past and present, got a chance over the weekend to relive a valuable time in the city’s history, and to mark the occasion in toe-tapping fashion.

Photo by Jason A. Smith

City officials, on Saturday, welcomed longtime members of the community as they cut the ribbon to reveal the newly-restored auditorium at City Hall.

Excitement was evident on the faces of the institute’s past students and teachers, as they reconnected with each other, roaming the halls in a quest to revisit their shared history. The newly-refurbished auditorium was packed that evening for the Locust Grove Heritage Foundation’s “Music and Memories” fundraiser. The concert featured performances by the Morris Family Band and the Mackie Creek Band.

Photo by Jason A. Smith

The historic City Hall building was constructed in 1904 as part of what was then known as the Locust Grove Institute. Upgrades to the auditorium include new flooring, paint and an elevator to accommodate residents, many of whom took classes there decades ago, said Locust Grove Main Street Director Mallory Andrews.

Photo by Jason A. Smith

“We wanted to make sure the auditorium was comfortable enough for them to have an experience,” Andrews told those in attendance for the occasion. “This space has truly been brought back to life.”