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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown

Culture

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Artifact research and descriptions by Jean Oplinger
With images from Farmington Public Library

In "days of yore" the local library served as more than just a building with books. It was the cultural hub of the town. It was a place for service-oriented societies to meet, it served as a gathering space for citizens with common cultural concerns, and it was considered to be the repository of items of historic significance. Farmington's Public Library was indeed the cultural hub of the town of Farmington as well. When the money was raised to build the "new" library building, one of the architectural features was a vault where items deemed valuable and irreplaceable by Farmington's citizens could be housed. Here is merely a sampling of the variety and depth of Farmington Public Library's archives. Be sure to click on each item to read a detailed description.