Garfield Dance hall is at 9698 Garfield Road in Garfield. We were in the area and called the store number associated with the hall to see if we might get inside and dance. We were given two other numbers to contact for renting. Since we didn’t want to rent the building, we decided just to drive out and see what the building looked like. Erik McCowan had told us it was a great floor and we wanted to see for ourselves.
The sign out front let us know there was an upcoming event we might try to attend so we could get inside.
The grass had been recently mowed but not edged around the building, so we were careful getting up to the building. We didn’t want to disturb any critters in the grass. There were multitudes of grasshoppers at the time and several rather large spiders. What we noticed though, were the bird nests caught in the screens around the roof line and the eight (dead) snakes in the screening. We started singing green snakes in the ceiling by Johnny Bush.
Pressing my phone up against the glass window, I was able to get an idea of the interior. The floor looks GREAT!
Outside the building is a covered area with benches. Presumably for the diners during their feasts.
According to Texas State Historical Association: ” The town was named for President James A. Garfield. J. G. Guenther taught the first school there in 1891, and the next year the Garfield Gun Club was started and a dance hall was built. A store was opened there in 1918, but by 1940 no community center was reported. The 1983 county highway map showed one business at Garfield. In 2000 the population was sixteen. ”
Information from page 35 of Stephen Dean’s book, Historic Dance Halls of East Central Texas said the hall was built in 1910. “The popular annual sausage festival and other yearly events are still held in the beautiful antique hall, which has undergone little or no remodeling, keeping its architectural integrity intact.”
They have a Facebook page. Hopefully we’ll get to the September feast and add more photos and maybe more historical information. If we meet you there – please say Howdy!