Beaufort Co. Preservation Group Unveils Library At Old High School

The transformation for one local town's old school is becoming a reality.

The abandoned Bath High School was on death row back in 2005, when Beaufort County's Board of Education decided to demolish it.

Marti Buchanan, a graduate of the school, and others immediately started attending meetings and petitioning in attempts to save the building. They were successful.

Sandra Harrison serves as President of the Bath High School Preservation.

Harrison says, "The individuals in charge back in the early 1900's had put a revisionary clause in the deed, which meant they couldn't tear it down. They had to give it back to the town of Bath."

In 2010, the town sold the property to Bath High School Preservation for $100,000. First on the agenda was turning the old cafeteria into Bath's new community library.

The library and an art gallery are now complete, with plans for turning the auditorium into a community center. Adding office space is another plan for the building.

Harrison says, "Now there's been a total transformation. The community, each time something happened from windows to roof to replacing the entrance to the auditorium to this, has become more and more supportive."

Harrison says they have what she calls a "2020 vision." The group hopes to have the building completely finished and renovated by the year 2020.

She says she's still tallying up the number of volunteers and donors that have made the project possible. So far Harrison's at over 800.

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