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June 29, 2011 article submitted by James Smith

Beartown School House

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.

The BCA contacted the church mission group to request the Beartown
School be considered as a project.  The mission group approved the
painting of the school building.

The mission group sent 31 people to Mullens to work on several projects
within the county.  They stayed in the Mullens Opportunity Center.  The
mission group members paid for their own travel expensive.

A five member team from the mission group was sent to paint the school
building.  They worked from June 6th through June 9th to complete the

The BCA would like to publicly thank the Central Baptist Church, the
mission group (Mr. Findley, group leader), and the team (Messrs. Timcho,
Stephen, Dirksen, Lathan, and Dean) for painting our school building. 
They did an outstanding job and the building looks really good.
If you would like to visit the school house please call the BCA at
304-294-5177 or e-mail to schedule a visit.

If you would like to donate to aid the mission group so they will be
able to continue their mission work and come back to Mullens again you
can send your donation to:

Central Baptist Church
5811 Central Church Road
Douglasville, GA 30134

If you would like to donate to the BCA to help preserve the school
building you can send your donation to:

Beartown Community Association
RT 1 Box 162
Matoaka, WV 24736

Beartown School before and after painting
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