The Spencer-Penn School served the small rural community of Spencer for seventy-seven years, not only as an educational institution, but also as the center of civic and social life. Today, in its new incarnation as the Spencer-Penn Centre, the renovated school stands as a testament to the remarkable volunteer spirit of the citizens of Spencer while serving once again as a vital community resource. Recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, it houses a library and a computer lab, hosts classes ranging from art to yoga, and provides space for banquets, conferences, receptions and concerts. Click here for information on renting Centre facilities for your next event.
The mission of the Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization is to provide an educational and special events center for Spencer and surrounding communities by preserving the structure, facilities, artifacts and history of the Spencer-Penn School. We envision a facility that provides programs to inform people about a variety of subjects, allows them to experience a variety of performing arts, and provides entertainment and healthy activities for their families. This facility also provides a place where they can celebrate special events in their lives.
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This facility is operated in a nondiscriminatory manner with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, age or handicap. Complaints of discrimination may be sent to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.
The Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Casey L. Hudgins. Hudgins, a Patrick County native, graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and a minor in Speech. At Catawba she was an Endowed Communications Scholar. Also, Hudgins worked as a Public Relations intern with the College’s Public Relations department. Prior to taking the job at Spencer Penn, Hudgins has worked for 2½ years as the Assistant Program Coordinator at The Reynolds Homestead Continuing Education Center, a Commonwealth campus of Virginia Tech. She was recently awarded the “Bull’s Eye Award” from the Outreach and International Affairs department at Virginia Tech for combining learning, discovery, and engagement in a program or project that targets a community need. Hudgins serves as an Election Official for the Patrick County Electoral Board and is presently a volunteer with the Extension Leadership Council. She enjoys dance, art, photography, and swimming. Many years ago, when Ms. Hudgins’ grandmother, Carol (Cooper) DeBruhl, worked as a teacher at Spencer-Penn, Casey played there as a young girl. “This is like coming home, and I’m so excited about this opportunity to work with the Spencer Penn Centre and the community at large.”
Axton man wins cookoff; 1,300 turn out for activities. Sun Apr 14, 2013. Martinsville Bulletin article about the Centre's Pig Cookin' Contest.
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