ACQUISITION OF THE NOBLE HOME
Virginia Kinsey, long-time resident and founder of the Gibraltar Historical Association was a good friend of Gertrude Howe, Alexander Noble's granddaughter. When Gertrude became ill and then died in 1995, Virginia and the GHA decided it was time to save the historic home and surrounding green space. Being unoccupied and sorely in need of repair, many village residents were concerned that a large developer would secure the land and raze the old home. When caretakers of the Noble estate agreed that the land and house should be preserved, the Noble Historic Square Fund was established. In an "all out" letter writing campaign, GHA raised two-thirds of the total cost of $500,000. The Town of Gibraltar raised the rest. The town now owns the property and the Gibraltar Historical Association operates it. The first thing they did was to protect it by registering the Noble House with both the Wisconsin and the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.