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The Sign of Things to Come

web posted December 18, 2013  Photo Credit: Linda Anderson

MERRIWETHER A sign has been erected at the Sweetwater Community Center formally announcing the restoration project spearheaded by Edgefield County Council Vice-chair Genia Blackwell (R-Merriwether). After securing funding for the project in November by the county council, the restoration is now able to get underway. It's been over a year since the Cooper family donated the building and four acres to the county.

Volunteers from the Merriwether Fire Department and the community cleared the property last year.  

The county has already completed the required studies and testing of the property and preliminary plans have been drawn. Architectural drawing are being sought and from there the project will go out for bids. At this time, no firm estimates on the cost are available.

"It is truly exciting to have a piece of history come back to life in the Merriwether / Sweetwater community. With the revitalization of this building for our area, I believe we will experience many happy future events and functions there," Blackwell said in a release. "I'm excited for the future of Merriwether and Edgefield County as we take on this project. My heart-felt appreciation goes out to all who have shared in the dream which is now coming true."

Mrs. Blackwell added her appreciation to the Cooper family. "We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Cooper family who donated the property to the county which made this possible."

The building was originally built as a schoolhouse in the early 1900's, though the date has never been discovered. The building was constructed by the Cooper family to replace the previous school on Currytown Road at the current location of Old McDonald Fish Camp, which burned to the ground in a fire around the turn of the century. It was later turned into a community center and fell into disrepair over the past 30 years.

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