Vandalia Community Preservation Association, VCPA


Welcome to the Vandalia Community Preservation Association!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Vandalia Community Preservation Association, 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 generations.

Please read "About Us" for some additional history of the buildings, community, and VCPA organization.

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 event, or annual meeting!

The VCPA 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 30!

All proceeds directed to the upkeep and preservation of the historic Chapel and School House.

Your involvement and continued support of historic preservation in Vandalia, Indiana is much appreciated.

Some past VCPA memories are depicted in a 7-minute YouTube video which can be viewed by clicking on the image below.

If you have questions about this organization, please feel free to communicate with a VCPA Board member. Here's a quick button link to our contact information:  


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Last Update: October 9, 2016