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A new coat for the woman's club

Apr 21st, 2020

One of Demorest’s oldest and most recognizable buildings is getting a facelift thanks to Piedmont College.

This week, workers began painting the 118-year-old building that houses the Demorest Woman’s Club, which is located at 1035 Central Avenue. The wooden structure, a long-time landmark, formerly served as a Methodist church.  The building, which has been used by the woman’s club since 1954, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

Troy Douglas Painting of Toccoa is performing the work, which should be completed Saturday.

Fred Bucher, Piedmont’s Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management, said the college was funding the project at no cost to the woman’s club.

“We consider this a community service,” said Bucher. “The Demorest Woman’s Club and Piedmont College have been part of Demorest for over a century. We’re just being good neighbors.”

The Demorest Woman’s Club was founded in 1934 and continues to have monthly meetings in the building.

“All of the money we raise goes to our charity projects so we have very little for building maintenance,” said Rhonda Butterworth, secretary of the woman’s club. “The building is a real asset to the town, and we really appreciate Piedmont stepping in and helping us to keep it nice.”

Sue Bearden, vice president of the woman’s club, said the building was last painted in the mid-1990s. Piedmont College picked up the bill for that job, too.

“This building means so much to me because I went to Sunday school there when I was a child,” she said. “I’m so appreciative and thankful to the college.”