Three years ago the rosemont hospitality group purchased, what was known as the loyal orange lodge, which had fallen into serious disrepair and made substantive
renovations to the building and the parking areas. in 1885, the hall was put up for tender and an individual by the name of mr. tate donated a site for a new hall on
the south side of what is now highway 89.
Moved by 1st committeeman, second by bro. george fletcher, “that this l.o.l. be adjourned until the stale cheese and
biscuits of last meeting be consumed by a number of hungry individuals.” in 1928, a committee was appointed to determine the cost of repairing the old hall in which the
orangemen met. the building committee members consisted of bros. e. brett, f. cumberland, a. creary, wm. mitchell, and w.j. little, who were appointed on december 6, 1929.
several special meetings were held, and it was finally decided to build a new hall with a full basement in rosemont. they tore down their old lodges and used the best of
the lumber to build their new hall, which still stands today. during the building of the hall, their lodge meetings were held in the globe hotel. following the death of
the king george in january 1936, no entertainment was allowed in the hall for a period of three months. in 1937, arrangements were made to have hydro installed, and the
gasoline lamps were sold. four years later, plans were made to install central heating with a pipeless furnace. in april of 1949, the shed was sold and a washroom and woodshed
were constructed, attached to the east side of the hall.
It was the hall that proved to be the biggest challenge — and perhaps the biggest achievement for the rosemont
hospitality group. “the hall hadn’t been loved in a while,” janice said. “it was massive investment and a massive renovation. it took a year to do it.” two bronze statues were
commissioned from john farrugia, a local sculptor and director of the craganrock studio. “mary” a woman from the 1800s, and “george” a farmer of the same period, when rosemont
thrived as stagecoach stop. “mary” is installed outside the rosemont hall. “george” will be located outside the globe. the hall welcomes groups that want to hold celebrations of
life, graduations, wedding receptions and other events.