The Christmas in the Park Planning Committee is looking to ring a few Somervell County residents to sponsor the Telephone Building for its December event.
Christmas in the Park, which will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19, will turn back time in Heritage Park.
“For this inaugural year, we would like to adorn each of the four buildings in the park with period decorations, and also open up the buildings for a holiday tour,” committee member Karen Richardson said. “Volunteers are needed for each of the four houses and for the grounds overall. Each house needs a house manager, decorating volunteers and a host/hostess to staff the building during the open hours.”
The Telephone Building is still in need of volunteers for the December event.
According to the Somervell County Historical Commission, the Telephone Building was one of the first telephone offices in Glen Rose.
“The Farmers and Merchants Mutual Independent Telephone Company owned the property from 1910 to 1926,” records state. “Locals can recall this being one of the earliest telephone companies, which was run out of a dwelling.”
The switchboard sat in the corner of a room and served its customers. The person living in the dwelling was called the “central” or the “operator.” A ring from hand-cranked telephones would notify the switchboard operator of a call.
Scott and Judy May donated the 20th century board-and-bat constructed dwelling to Heritage Park in 1999.
To sponsor the Telephone Building for Christmas in the Park, call Richardson at 254-897-1960 or John Hawkins at 897-9110.