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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

005-0044 Elon Village Public Library

Elon Village Public Library
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VLR Listing Date 09/15/2016

NRHP Listing Date 11/22/2016

NPS property number 16000793

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. It closed only after the county established a branch public library in nearby Madison Heights and created a library within a new 1960s school building on a parcel adjacent to the Elon Village Library.


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

Updated September 25, 2019