Lopez Island Grange

A nonprofit organization

$3,765 raised by 37 donors

38% complete

$10,000 Goal

To serve as a welcoming place of fellowship, promoting agriculture, the arts, educational, recreational, and cultural activities, and to maintain and preserve our historic hall.

The Lopez Island Grange is an important island touchstone, hosting numerous community gatherings over its lifetime, and generating lifelong connections and memories for visitors and islanders alike. Built in 1903, the Grange building was originally Center School, one of four schools on the island before the district consolidated in the 1940s. The volunteer Lopez Island Grange membership and board have stewarded the building ever since, being responsible for its ongoing maintenance and offering it as a welcoming place of fellowship.

In April 2022, Center School (aka Lopez Island Grange) was listed in the Washington Heritage Register, where it joins over 2,000 other historic and culturally significant properties which have been recognized for their unique contributions to Washington’s heritage. In June of 2022, the property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

In the present day, the Grange membership conducts monthly membership meetings and hosts a plethora of Grange sponsored events that include; square dances and community potluck, Maypole event,  documentary films, a Winter farmers market, concerts featuring local and national musicians, and more. Islanders have utilized the hall for birthdays, weddings, memorials, potlucks, 4H meetings, dance classes, plays, art workshops, community meetings, community Thanksgiving dinners, an annual women's coffeehouse, and many other events. There is nary an islander who has not attended an event at the Grange.

Current efforts are focused on maintenance and restoration projects so the hall may be preserved for generations to come.  Recent projects that have been completed are: a full exterior paint job,  upgrades to the water system, foundation repair, installation of energy-efficient heat pumps, and insulation and weatherization of the entire building.

Organization Data


Organization name

Lopez Island Grange

other names

Center School


Lopez Island Grange c/o Friends of Center School PO BOX 505