Elon Village Library

Amherst (County)

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The first dedicated rural public lending-library building in Amherst County and possibly in Virginia, the Elon Village Library was constructed in 1917 by community volunteers, using donated materials, as a project of the Elon Civic Betterment League. Situated on a prominent site in the community and built in a simple style, the one-story, 16-by-30 foot frame building, a community landmark, has remained unchanged since 1924, when a rear ell was added for a kitchen. The library operated daily from 1918 to 1965, during which time it functioned also as a community meeting house, classroom, and polling place. The Elon Village Library closed only after the county established a branch public library in nearby Madison Heights, and created a library within a new 1960s school building in Elon on an adjacent parcel.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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