About Us


The ECCC or Eddington-Clifton Civic Center is a non-profit corporation founded in 1983 by a group of dedicated volunteers looking to preserve the history and integrity of Comins Hall, our community’s oldest operating meeting space. 

Rededicated as Comins Hall in 1983 in honor of the Comins family and their civic leadership, the Hall began life as “The East Eddington Public Hall”. It was built in 1879 by local carpenter John James Temple and the members of the Eddington Agrarian Club along with other community minded investors who funded the endeavor by purchasing five dollar shares (the equivalent of $134.60). The resulting three story building included a cloakroom, ticket booth, large dining room, and a 300 seat auditorium. In 1911 the Grange added a stage, expanding the entertainment potential of the Mason Shaw Auditorium.

Comins Hall neé East Eddington Public Hall, served the community as a meeting place for the farmers who envisioned it, as well as for the Grange and many other civic groups. It quickly became a popular site for road shows and vaudeville acts as well, and a favorite spot for wedding receptions, school plays, bean suppers, town meetings and public dances. Many people saw their first silent movie or heard their first political speech in its auditorium. For more than 100 years, Comins Hall has been the center of our communities’ social life. In 2004 the Hall was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Thanks to the interest and creativity of community members, the building that originally served as a farmers' meeting place became so much more. It is because of these volunteers and supporters that we are able to preserve the history and heritage of Comins Hall, and to explore new horizons.

Do you have a special memory or story about Comins Hall you’d like to share? Send it to: secretary@cominshall.org and you may be featured on our Facebook Page

Our Team


President: Sara Butterfield

Vice President: Jakob Coleman

Treasurer: Casey Strasenburgh

Secretary:  Jill Fournier Reynolds

Board Members

Kim Babb

Kris Coleman

Margaret Dougherty

Tina Ferrill

Donna Oliver

Josh Parda

Andrew Stearns


In 1983 - and despite many challenges - a group of volunteers pledged to make the East Eddington Public Hall a safe and useful community meeting place once again.  They set up a new corporation - The Eddington-Clifton Civic Center Corp. - obtained tax-exempt status, and formed committees to oversee various renovation projects and to seek donations for the upkeep of the historic building.

That same year, the East Eddington Public Hall was renamed Comins Hall to thank the members of the Comins family for their dedication to its preservation, and in honor of their work as civic leaders in Eddington, Penobscot County and the state of Maine for more than four generations.  Then, in 1986, the historical society named the auditorium in honor of Mason Shaw and his family, with thanks for their commitment to the building's heritage and years of service to the community.

Throughout the 1980's and 90s, many community members worked hard to keep both the building and its history alive by donating materials, labor and expertise to shingle the roof, upgrade the electrical system, insulate the kitchen and dining room, install new front steps and to complete many other projects.  Others faithfully ran Wednesday night Bingo games, a valuable source of income for the hall.  But Why?

According to Eddington resident Gloria Faulkner, who - along with her husband John - has supported efforts to preserve the building for many years, the answer is clear.

"I think many of us recognize the importance of keeping and preserving what is old and what makes up the root structure of a community, and this is a wonderful community."

"The public hall is really the only old thing we have left.  The old one-room schoolhouses are gone, there's only one old church, no other public buildings remain.  It's been the gathering place for this community for nearly 125 years.  So, if it's at all possible to restore it, preserve it, and use it, I think we owe it to the people who settled here to do so.  It's so important to keep history alive for future generations."

Many people agree with her, and so today faithful volunteers still give of their time and talents to help preserve the building, offering their services as members of the Comins Hall Board of Directors, overseeing rentals for wedding receptions, anniversary parties and family reunions, and looking after the building's general upkeep.

But they can't do it alone. 

New Horizons

After 130+ years, Comins Hall still sits straight and square - truly a historic landmark and a symbol of community spirit.

The hall is still available at no charge for public events, programs and projects by any group or organization in Eddington and Clifton, and for private functions held by residents for a small fee.

But Comins Hall needs your help if it is to survive for future generations.

Throughout the years - and thanks to the interest and creativity of community members - the building that originally served as a farmers' meeting place became so much more.  Now it's time to preserve the history and heritage of Comins Hall - and to explore new horizons.

As an aging building the hall needs regular maintenance to keep serving the needs of the community. With the help and generosity of you, our neighbors, we can keep Comins Hall functioning for generations to come.