A Brief History of the DRA Hall   The Dunvegan Recreation Hall started life as the new home of the Orange Young Briton Lodge No. 43. It replaced the Lodge’s original meeting place – a log building located directly across the road that was dismantled and moved to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum a few years ago. The hall was built in 1919 on land purchased from John F. McGregor and his wife Janet Agnes of Alexandria for the sum of $45. The structure was constructed from cement block and was originally two stories high. While no longer active in this community, the Loyal Orange Association stood for democratic government, promotion of the Protestant faith, preservation of the English language, public schools, the monarchy, the supremacy of law and a united Canada. By 1974, support for Dunvegan’s Orange Lodge No. 43 had declined to the point that the building was sold to the Dunvegan chapter of the Women’s Institute. Shortly after acquiring the building, the W.I. had to raise funds to remove the second storey and replace the roof. Due to declining membership, the W.I. decided to give up the hall and in 1992 an agreement was reached with the Dunvegan Recreation Association to purchase the building and its contents.  For nearly one hundred years, this building has been the centre of much of the community’s social life. Thanks to a Trillium Grant, the Hall has been refurbished and looking great.  From wedding and anniversary celebrations to céilidhs, ham suppers, Halloween parties and even shelter during the ’98 Ice Storm, the space has brought much joy and comfort to the residents of our tiny corner of Ontario And it is our hope that it will continue to do so.  
Hallís History Early history of the DRA Hall