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Village Improvement Association Woman's Club
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
N 29° 59.626 W 081° 40.836
17R E 434352 N 3318289
Quick Description: Village Improvement Association Woman's Club in Green Cove Springs, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 7:37:09 AM
Waymark Code: WM33Y4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member StressMaster
Views: 30

Long Description:
The VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION WOMEN'S CLUB is located at 17 Palmetto Ave. Green Cove Springs, Florida. On February 20, 1883, the Village Improvement Association (V.I.A.) of Green Cove Springs was organized. Meetings were held in members homes. Money was raised to beautify the town, most of which was used for boardwalks, and 70 feet of clay pavement was laid. In 1888, the V.I.A. formed a childrens auxiliary known as the Star Branch, and ran the first public library until December 1961, when the Clay County Public Library was formed. A kindergarten was maintained from 1900 to 1904 in the public school building, with the V.I.A. assuming most of the expenses. In 1889 the V.I.A. was incorporated. In 1895, a member of the Borden Milk Company family, Mrs. Penelope Borden Hamilton gave the V.I.A. its first permanent home and the lot where the present building stands. That same year, the V.I.A. became a charter member of the Florida Federation of Womans Clubs and acquired membership in the General Federation in 1898. The present building, designed by Architect Mellen C. Greeley (1880-1981) of Jacksonville, was built in 1915 at a cost of $4,589.49 and formally dedicated on February 18, 1915. The V.I.A. continues as an important unit of the community, devoted to social, educational, and beautification projects.
Marker Number: F496

Date: 2004

County: Clay

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: Village Improvement Association & Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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