The Knights of Columbus have sold their meeting hall at 272 Litchfield Road (Route 202) in New Milford.

The building was sold in April and the Knights now meet at St. Francis Xavier Church and at Our Lady of the Lakes, both also in town.

"The building upkeep was too much work," said Knights member John McDougall. "We spent more time and resources keeping up the building than we were putting into projects for the community. This frees up resources and time."

The 2,250-square-foot building was built in 1920. Of clapboard construction, it stands in the Northville section of New Milford.

The Knights purchased it in 1998. Prior to that, the council had met at St. Francis and before that, at a council-owned house on Elm Street, now the site of the Union Savings Bank.

The New Milford council of the Knights of Columbus has been in existence for 123 years.

Most councils meet in churches, Mr. McDougall noted, and don't own buildings.

The hall on Litchfield Road was officially owned by the Housatonic Homeowners Association, a legal entity comprised of council members.

The Knights are a fraternal benefit society with goals including charity, to render financial aid and assistance to sick, disabled and needy members and their families, as well as promoting educational, religious and social welfare.

The local council is one of 13,000 worldwide.

-- Susan Tuz