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Green Cove Springs in Clay County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club

 
 
The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 10, 2013
1. The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club Marker
Inscription. On February 20, 1883, the Village Improvement Association (V.I.A.) of Green Cove Springs was organized. Meetings were held in membersí 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 childrenís 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

 
Erected 2004 by The Village
The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 10, 2013
2. The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club and Marker
Improvement Association and Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-496.)
 
Location. 29° 59.626′ N, 81° 40.841′ W. Marker is in Green Cove Springs, Florida, in Clay County. Marker is on Palmetto Avenue near Palmer Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 Palmetto Avenue, Green Cove Springs FL 32043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Green Cove Springs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Clay County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Fransisco De Pupo (approx. 3.3 miles away); William Bartram Scenic Highway (approx. 3.7 miles away); William Bartram's Plantation (approx. 4.3 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Bellamy Road (approx. 4.8 miles away); St. Johns County / New Switzerland Plantation (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Green Cove Springs.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club Marker looking south along Palmetto Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 10, 2013
3. The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club Marker looking south along Palmetto Avenue
The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club Marker, looking north on Palmetto Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 10, 2013
4. The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club Marker, looking north on Palmetto Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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