As a nonprofit organization Mountain Rest Community Club relies on our club dues, fundraising, and rentals to keep up our property. We have many buildings on the Hillbilly Day grounds that need to be fixed or improved. We would appreciate any help you can give towards this. Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve our conditions.
The Community Club building started out as a school, located behind Monte Vista Baptist Church on Verner Mill Road. It was originally built around 1948, on property acquired from the Fowler family, as the Mountain Rest School to replace Belmont, Bethlehem, and Village Creek schools. It had four classrooms upstairs and a lunchroom in the basement. According to the "Informal History of Mountain Rest," in 1963, pupils from the Chattooga School in the Whetstone community joined. When the Classes moved downtown to the Walhalla schools, the property reverted to the original owners, who then donated it to the community. The Neville family donated the property on the other side of Verner Mill Road, where the walking trail and Hillbilly grounds are located.
The Community Club once sponsored local Eagle and Boy Scout troops, who met downstairs. In addition, it sponsors Hillbilly Day, the monthly potluck suppers and programs, and provides the voting place for registered Mountain Rest residents, It is available for rent and has a large stage and kitchen area, The Etcetera Quilting Club meets regularly at the Community Club and provides the spectacular handmade quilt that is auctioned every Hillbilly Day.
Sue Queen, remembers that Angela Justus helped organize the grand opening of the walking trail, which was quite an event, with white paper-bag luminaries lining the entire trail. The concession stand serves hot dogs, BBQ, ice cream, popcorn, and homemade desserts and was the original fire department, which is now next door. The short slabs for the small concrete picnic tabletops (which have recently been removed) were poured by locals, according to Ray Queen. The long slabs were from the roof of Arthur Brown's building-now owned by the county- next to the Bantam Chef in Walhalla.
The Community Club building has a bin at the edge of our parking lot for recycling. Please be sure to only place aluminium cans in the bin. For example: soda cans, aluminum pet food cans, etc.
Thanks to the Oconee Public Library, free Wi-Fi services are offered to those visiting the Community Club. Feel free to come by and use it!
Who are we? Mountain Rest Community Club nonprofit community funded organization.
What do we do? We provided a safe environment for residents of Mountain Rest to enjoy. We feature a walking track, a pavilion and Club building to rent for get togethers, a pickle ball court for exercise and fun, and free wifi.
Why pay Club fees? Club fees are used to help pay for electricity and the upkeep to our many facilities.
What do the board members do? The board members are Club member elected individuals that help keep the Club up and running, they make decisions on how best to use the money given for repairs and other important items of business. The board is made up of 9 members and elections are held every November to either replace, or keep, the 3 members who are rotating off in office.
Do you need to live in Mountain Rest to join the Club? Simply put, No. We will accept anyone into the Club, no matter where you live. All are welcome to join us for our activities!
These four quilt panels are posted on the front of the Community Club building. Each panel is hand painted in the likeness of an actual quilt! They are part of a larger a trail that extends throughout the upstate of South Carolina. If you would like more information on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail please visit www.uhqt.
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