Harvey House reopens for events, night stays

Slatonite Intern

Members of the Slaton Harvey House have adapted to various changes throughout the years.

COVID-19 is one cause of such change, as Operations Manager Lynn Melton said the historic railroad museum, bed and breakfast and event hall did not operate for an extended period of time.

“We were closed for basically two months,” she said. “We hurt — I mean financially, we’re behind, we’re hurting.”

As a nonprofit, Melton said The Slaton Harvey House functions primarily off donations and grants. Fundraisers also help, so Melton said she is trying to schedule something for both June and July.

“We’ve applied for some grants and are waiting to hear on that, and then we fundraise,” she said. “We hope to do bingo in the park July 4.”

The Slaton Harvey House reopened May 11, and Melton said members abide by Governor Greg Abbott’s orders regarding COVID-19 such as regularly washing hands, having face masks available for employee use and only allowing half capacity, or about 40-45 people, in the building at a time.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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