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Historic Alt House recognized

Fri, Dec 2nd 2016 05:20 pm

The Town of Grand Island's Historic Preservation Advisory Board presented a third plaque in its historic building project on Friday, Nov. 24, at the home of Nicole Gerber and Dave Reilly. The historic home is located at 2489 Whitehaven Road, built circa 1870 by the Alt family, who came from Liepzig, Germany.

Gerber is a fifth-generation Alt to live in the clapboard farmhouse. The Alt family founded the first car dealership on Grand Island in the 1930s and was very prominent in much of Grand Island development.

The house and barn are on 33 acres, what is left from hundreds of acres farmed years ago. Also on the property is an original Grand Island Schoolhouse No. 8, listed on the 1887 school district map as being located on Bedell Road near Baseline Road.

Pictured, from left, in front: Josh Reilly and Caitlin Conlon. In back: Nicole Gerber, Carleen Alt Gerber and Dave Reilly.

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