The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club

The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club (HM188U)

Location: Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 Clay County
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N 29° 59.626', W 81° 40.841'

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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 children's 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 Woman s 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.
A Florida Heritage Site
HM NumberHM188U
Marker NumberF-496
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Village Improvement Association and Florida Department of State
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 4:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 434344 N 3318289
Decimal Degrees29.99376667, -81.68068333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 59.626', W 81° 40.841'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 59' 37.56" N, 81° 40' 50.46" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17 Palmetto Ave N, Green Cove Springs FL 32043, US
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