The Light of a New Year! What do you envision?

The light of a new morning and a new year is here! 

It’s a time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. It’s a time to imagine what could be. Classrooms for community classes, meetings and gatherings…

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This used to be your playground (and it still is!)

You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day in the Village. Soaking it up, since to start 2022, we’ll be getting some freezing temps.
I couldn’t help but notice this perfect reflection of green on the bottom of the slide…

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Happy Holidays!

We’d love to hear your stories about growing up in the Village and/or attending the school. We’re compiling them for the blog and for a future podcast we’ll be starting next year!
Email us and we’ll add the stories to…

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VSF Awarded a grant from Alabama Historic Commission!


We’re delighted to announce that The Village School Foundation has been awarded a grant by the Alabama Historic Commission! 

While most likely there will be more roof restoration to be done down the road, this grant will provide funding required…

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TBT - Arthur Kirkby in Sheffield

Here's a little article from The Colbert County Reporter (unsure of the date, but Vol. 40) about the time Arthur Kirkby Jr. entertained the Premier of Belgium. Back then, Sheffield was truly “The Center of the Shoals."
Mr. Kirkby was…

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Vintage Village Under Contsruction 1918

We’re sharing some more old photos from the construction period of The Village! 
Pic 1-2: 9/19/1918 - the building that would have been the barracks; this building served as The Wilson Dam (TVA) school in the 1930s-1940s, and is now…

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Toilets in The Village School and the 1918 Pandemic

A less-than-glamorous post here, but interesting nonetheless, as we’ve been going through a pandemic, and we all gotta “go” 🚽😄. 


Pictured: Toilets in The Village School - these self-flushing toilets were a sign of the times, as the 1918 Flu…

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The Village During World War One

The Village During World War One 

While Lt. Colonel Hardee Chambliss was not the first or last commanding officer of U.S. Nitrate Plant No. One, he was the first commander to live in the newly completed Village One. The Village…

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U. S. Nitrate Village No. One - under construction

U. S. Nitrate Village No. One - under construction. 

Construction began 10/23/1917. 

The Village is an excellent example of prefabrication and standardization. In order to save time and money, all hardware was standardized and large crews were put on each…

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The Village School - Auditorium

There are so many incredible details to highlight of The Village School. Today's photos show the auditorium, the large windows in the auditorium, and the view from the upper balcony. 

The auditorium was used not only for performances and lectures…

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