Vandalia Community Preservation Association, VCPA


Welcome to the Vandalia Community Preservation Association!

Monday, September 01, 2014

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!

Owen County Preservations is hosting a bus tour of Owen County's historic churches and schoolhouses on Sunday afternoon, August 24, 2014. The bus will depart from the Tivoli Theater in Spencer at 2:00 p.m. The cost is $15 per person*, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to participating attractions. Among the  stops are the Hudson Hill Chapel, Schoolhouse #2, the Cataract General Store and Schoolhouse, and the Vandalia Schoolhouse and Chapel. The final stop will include refreshments!

*Tour tickets can be purchased at the Tivoli Theatre at any show time this weekend, the Riverfront Festival on Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm (at the shelter house in Cooper Commons), and at the Tivoli on Sunday afternoon prior to loading on the bus.

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Last Update: August 21, 2014