The Chunchula Home Demonstration Club is planning a yard sale at 8 a.m., Friday, May 1 at Chunchula Baptist Church Pavilion on the corner of U.S. Highway 45 and Roberts Road. The event will benefit maintenance of the historic Chunchula School. Rhnea McDonald, 442-3494, said the sale will include furniture, clothing and household items.
Chunchula School has a rich history, having been built in 1907 and held classes until 1931. The Chunchula Home Demonstration Club bought it from the Mobile County School Board in 1941 and held their meetings there until about the 1970s, when the club became inactive.
For many years thereafter, the old one-room schoolhouse was used as a voting precinct. It served as a meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous until the mid-1990s.
Then in 2005, after so many decades of vacancy, the building was put up for sale for unpaid taxes. That's when the CHDC was reorganized and members got busy making plans for renovation of the building, which they completed in 2010. Still, there is upkeep and maintenance on the facility and grounds, hence the fundraiser.
The school is used for community events and organizations, such as the Quilting Club, which meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 10 a.m. and the CHDC, which holds meetings there on the 4th Monday at 9 a.m. For more information on the school or the yard sale, call McDonald, 442-3494.
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