The Vandalia Community
Inc., was organized in 1995 by a small all-volunteer group of concerned community
members, who recognized the important historic significance of the former
Vandalia United Methodist Church building and undertook its purchase,
preservation, and restoration. Built in 1895, the then 100-year-old building was
acquired by the VCPA from the Methodist Conference after attendance dwindled and
the few remaining active members had voted to discontinue services and close the
church. The dedicated small community group proceeded to restore the bell tower,
replace the front steps, and repaint the entire building, and in 1996 earned the
Owen County Preservation of the Year Award for the historic Vandalia Chapel.
Today the VCPA continues to exist for the
purpose of maintaining and preserving the Chapel and historic one-room
Vandalia School House, which is located nearby and was supported for a number of
years through fundraising activities of the former Vandalia Methodist
Women/Vandalia Women's Circle. The latter building was erected in 1855 and
functioned as a school until 1951. Without continued membership participation,
financial donations, and support for restoration, preservation, and upkeep,
these two important 19th-century Owen County, Indiana, landmarks would quietly
fall into disrepair and cease to exist for the enjoyment and education of future
Please read "About
Us" for some additional history of the buildings, community, and VCPA
If you, too, recognize
their importance and want to help us continue to preserve these historic
landmarks or simply learn more about them and the VCPA, please contact
an officer and come to our next volunteer work day, fundraising
is very grateful to everyone who gathered with us to make our
June 2016 Inaugural Strawberry Festival a success!
Now there's more good food and fun
in store as we hold our annual Soup Supper
Fundraiser between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, 2016.
Food will be served in the Vandalia School House, with the Chapel
serving as the venue for the always lively musical entertainment by
Lloyd Wood and his band.
We are looking forward to seeing,
feeding, and entertaining new and old friends who enjoy good food,
fellowship, and music and share our preservation goals.
Come on out to Vandalia on October
proceeds directed to the upkeep and preservation of the historic Chapel
and School House.