We have been fortunate to find a handful of Grand Army relics in the building, the marble marker from the original ribbon-cutting event, a number of storage “plaques” denoting the different groups which met at the G.A.R., even some ceremonial flag stands which once held banner of some sort.
One of our most recent discoveries tells a different sort of history of the building. It’s a wooden spoon. One of the trades found it while cleaning up debris and fortunately they set it aside for us.
After the building was completed – the veterans of the Civil War held meetings, attended concerts and at times ate great big meals in the assembly hall on the fourth floor. We know this because we’ve found a photo or two of long tables decked out with fancy flowers and table settings. We’re guessing the spoon was a leave – behind from wherever they prepared meals for them.
The spoon we’ve found is an old one. It is a step above hand carved but not quite machine made. It seems more of a stirrer, if that’s a word. Someone, 100 years ago, used it to make a meal for the “Boys in Blue”.
Keep an eye out for it. My guess is it will wind up displayed in one of the restaurants.