Historic Former Library Building Finds New Purpose With Familiar Folks
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Heritage Centre, located on Washington Street, celebrated a ribbon cutting this morning as they hosted the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Spring Breakfast.
The building has been staple of Edmonson County and the city of Brownsville for many years, first used as a Ford automotive dealership more than 60 years ago. The building was then the location of Edmonson County's first public library until moving a few years ago. After a brief stint as a consignment and thrift store, the building was purchased by the Jerry Patton family, of Patton Funeral Home, and the facility has now become The Heritage Centre, which is a meeting/gathering venue, available to the public.
Andrea Brantley of Patton Funeral Home and Patton-Brantley Monuments spoke at today's event and discussed how their funeral home saw a need for a family venue to host bereavement meals.
"Part of our 'heritage of caring' is trying to help people in their most difficult and stressful times," she said. "We wanted to provide a place where families can host their friends and loved ones without the worry and hassle they would face if they had to cook or provide meals for a large group. "
When The Heritage Centre is not being used for that purpose, she said it would be available to the community for rent for showers, parties, and other similar events.
Attendees enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast provided at the event. Chamber President Maegan Hance also honored parting Board Member Jill Vincent of Limestone Bank for her longtime service to the Chamber. The Tourism Board also recognized former Tourism Board Member Cindy Rich for her service and dedication to Edmonson County Tourism.
Chamber Director Rhonda Clemmons was happy to see the large crowd at today's event.
"The Chamber works hard to provide unique opportunities for our members and a spring breakfast is something we enjoy," she said. "The Patton Family has been part of our community for many years and we're so happy that they've found yet another way to invest back into it. It's great to see this historic building being utilized in such a way."
The Chamber's next scheduled event is a luncheon on May 18th at 11:00am which will be sponsored by St. John's Church.
To reserve The Heritage Centre, please call 270-597-2136.