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Above you'll see W.C. (Claude) Collins leading the tour through the Vardy Community Historical Museum. Here you'll hear stories about how the community started and grew throughout the years.

The model you see in the picture with Claude is of the Vardy Community School. It was finished in 1929 and operated until 1970. In 1983 it was sold at auction to a Batey Collins descendant. The school was a modern three story wooden structure, with 96 windows, the first school in the county to have a Delco generator for electricity, advanced curriculum, medical assistance for students and residents, the first hot lunch in the area, a woodworking shop and a library/museum.

The above photo shows that the Vardy Community School is nothing but history now. What was left of the building collapsed in a strong wind in October 2003.

 

Check out the Vardy Community Historical Society website and the Melungeon Heritage Association website:

 

 

Vardy Community Historical Society

Melungeon Heritage Association

 

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