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!
The Etcetera Club of Mountain Rest has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Chartered in 1972, the club is located at 120 Vernon Mill Road. The original cloth quilt, called Scenes from Mountain Rest, was designed by Mary Belle Nix and hand quilted by other members of the club. It is the block in the center of the quilt depicting the mountains, fields and forests around Mountain Rest that is portrayed in the quilt block mounted on the clubhouse. Mrs. Nix created that central block, and members quilted the squares surrounding it, depicting other scenes of the area.
These three 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.org.