The old Beartown two room school house the only one left in Wyoming County was built in 1902 and was used for First through Six grades until 1962. The school is located on County Route 16/2 Crumpler Road seven miles from Herndon. The 911 address is 6115 Crumpler Road.
The Beartown Quilting Club (BQC) in 1962 leased the building from the Wyoming County School Board for use as a Community Center. The Club was active making handmade quilts and providing assistance to people within the community.
The Beartown Community Association (BCA) was formed in 2011 to assume the lease and continue the work of the BQC with priority given to the repairs and preservation of the building. The building is still being used as a community center for multiple uses by people in the community.
The first task for the BCA was to get the outside of the building painted since it was last painted in 1994. The Rural Appalachian Improvement League (RAIL) of Mullens, WV was contacted to request assistance. RAIL provides assistance to any worthwhile projects within the county. Mr. Houck and Ms. Cook provided contact information for the Central Baptist Church of Douglasville, GA that was scheduled to come to Mullens in June 2011.AmeriCorps NCCC Delta 2 Team Assists Beartown Community Association in Renovation November 2, 3, 4, 2011 click to read more...
Volunteers are a vital part of RAIL's success. We are SEEKING VOLUNTEERS! Please contact us if you want to make a difference and join our remarkable work teams.
In September 2010 RAIL volunteers began initiating a plan to invigorate Community and Economic development in the southern coalfields of West Virginia. In the past ten years RAIL has studied the needs of families in Appalachia as well as available resources and other accessible opportunities that can help their community become sustainable. Gaining a better understanding of what is needed has culminated in the Coal Heritage Trail of New Commerce Action Plan. Those implementing this plan, an organization at the grass roots, well understand their work cannot be successful without the help of volunteers and generous resources providers. Anyone interested in participating in this bold undertaking of helping families living in the Appalachian coalfields improve their economic and social conditions may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. RAIL gets its name from Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Inc. and can best be described as Volunteers coming together as an organization to find ways to best benefit their community
March 18, 2011
Alternative Spring Break
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