The Bayfield Town Hall was built in 1882, then moved to its present location on Clan Gregor Square in 1920. It was the seat of village government from that date until 1927 and again from 1965 to 1984. When the Village was dis-incorporated, the Town Hall was used for community events.
Renovations were completed in 1981 with financial support from the Federal Government and local community. In 1983 the Village established a Heritage Conservation District, which included the Town Hall. However, in 1984 the aging building was closed as it failed to meet fire code standards.
In 1989 a committee was formed to restore the Town Hall, which by then had fallen into disrepair. Many of the residents of Bayfield had fond memories of the Town Hall as the centre of village life and were reluctant to see it disappear. The committee, then known as "The Friends of the Town Hall", included Michael Walker, Jamie Carr, Donna Westlake, Anne Waite, Gayle Waters and Ed Oddleifson. Together they re-energised community interest in the building and after several years of volunteer work, fundraising events, private donations and grants, sufficient monies were raised to restore and maintain this historic building as a meeting and performance venue for the Village. The restoration maintained the integrity of the original structure, including keeping the former village jail which still remains, uninhabited, in the basement!
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is a now a non-profit corporation charged with the upkeep of this charming building. All monies raised from rentals and fundraising events are directed to the Hall's preservation. We aim to maintain the building to the high standard expected of a heritage property in addition to constantly making improvements to our amenities.
In 2013, with the aid of grants and fundraising events, we have installed new state- of-the-art sound, lighting and visual systems, in addition to improving accessibility for our patrons. In 2016, we have completed updating and repainting the interior of the entryway and main hall, as well as installing a new roof.
Our goal is to raise our status as a popular choice of venue for concerts, weddings, business meetings and private parties in Huron County.
Thanks to the Bayfield and Clinton Branches of the Huron County Library and the Clinton News Record.