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Historic School & Auditorium

The Historic Winterville School Building is a two-story stucco structure built in 1918. A brick addition was constructed in 1939. The building housed classes from the date of construction until the last class graduated in 1956. The Athens Board of Education then used the space for various purposes including storage until it was abandoned a decade ago. A special historical note is that the first teacher training program for Vocational Agriculture and Home Economics was hosted around 1920 by the school. This was a cooperative venture between the Winterville School and the University of Georgia. Today, this newly renovated building houses the Winterville Center for Community and Culture.

 

Leave a Lasting Legacy...Help Save The Winterville Auditorium

The Winterville Auditorium, a 450 seat hall next door to the Winterville High School, also will be restored. Once the site of recitals, pageants, concerts, and plays, the Winterville Auditorium was abandoned in 2002. Since such events must now be held at venues outside of Winterville, the expectation of hosting a vibrant performing arts calendar for both the city and surrounding area is an exciting prospect for the citizens.

It is anticipated that the auditorium will also be utilized for essential governmental meetings, public and private conferences, and assemblies for training or education.

As a community, we have met in public planning forums; created working committees focusing on various aspects of the restoration; retained an architectural firm for consultation with planning; and are actively pursuing various funding avenues. The Mayor and City Council of Winterville are enthusiastic participants in this restoration project.

We need financial support to make the restoration a reality. To curb further deterioration, the auditorium must be immediately stabilized. Funding of this project has become a personal challenge for members of the community.   

Clean-up Day at the Auditorium

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