Historic Designation Project Moves Forward in Bath
Eleven large baskets have been placed in the Hot Springs BB&T Bank for a silent auction. These theme baskets are named the “Fountain of Youth” basket, “Let’s Go Gardening”, “Start Your Engines”, “Breakfast in Bed”, “Tea Time,” “Playing a Round,” “Baby Comfort Station,” “Day Spa,” “Love My Pets,” “Day at the Beach” and “Picnic Time.” As you can tell, there is something for everyone – the family, the home mechanic, the golfer, and anyone looking for a great Mother’s Day gift. These were donated by the members of the Bath Community Senior Center (BCSC), its staff and supporters. They will be available for sale until Saturday, May 11. Minimum bids range from $10 to $25.
This Basket Auction is a project to support the cost of efforts to obtain recognition for the former John Wesley United Methodist Church, now the site of the BCSC. There are two ways to help with this project. Currently the Local Council members have secured donations and pledges for over $2,000 and they are working diligently to raise the rest. Donations can be made at BCSC, whether or not someone is interested in purchasing a basket, or mailed to VPAS at either the BH office or the Waynesboro office, designated for the BCSC Historic Registration process.
The other way Bath County residents can help is by providing historic information about the former John Wesley United Methodist Church. Beth Scripps, the Architectural Historian from Frazier Associates, is scheduled to visit BCSC on May 14 to complete the on-site review and visit with individuals who can contribute to the history of the church and adjoining cemetery through their stories, their written materials, their photographs or any other relevant materials. Perlista Henry, BCSC member and VPAS Board of Directors member, is scheduling those interviews. We hope it will lead to opportunities to preserve and renovate this historic structure for additional use by VPAS and the community.