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Most folks in Alberta have their own garden and grow fresh vegetables, fruits, and of course, flowers. Did you know that in some areas, you can even have your own horse in your backyard? Under a grandfather clause, many fine old homes were built on huge lots and many used to have their own stable for their riding horses. Alberta isn't just a one-horse town. It is home to as many as a dozen horses and welcomes more. You could say that Alberta is the original green community.
The Town of Alberta is home to several long established businesses, including a post office and a new $2 million health center, Southside Community Health Center for dental and medical needs. Businesses also include: Best Heating and Air; Daniel Auction, Jenkins Mini-Mart, Meherrin River Forest Products, Carl's Fountain, and General Iron & Steel.
We share a quality of life apart from the fast paced world of larger towns and cities yet it lies only minutes away from South Hill with several fine restaurants and motels. Lawrenceville, the Brunswick County seat of government features historic buildings, shops and restaurants and the historic court house square and library. Travel time via I-85 is about one hour to Richmond and one and one-half hours to Raleigh, N. C.
Our Town recently completed a $1 million revitalization grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Urban Development that an active Revitalization Committee pursued and won after three years of study and grant applications.
The Town of Alberta is in the process of building a new 10-acre Alberta School Park which will include the home field for the Southside Virginia Community College baseball team. In addition, a playground, parking lot and walking trail linking downtown to the park has been completed.
In addition, Alberta is currently working on a new $1 million Community Development Block Grant that is financing the remodeling or building of about two dozen homes on Samford, North and Oak Streets to improve the quality of life in this moderate income area.
The new Tobacco Heritage Trail, a walking trail linking Lynchburg to Sussex County is in the process of becoming a reality. The trail will follow the abandoned Norfolk Southern Railroad line. Alberta will be an important stop for hikers, horse backers and birders who will frequent the trail. Camping areas and facilities at the new park are being planned for those using the new trail.
Our precious Virginian Museum was rescued from a back yard in Ford, lifted with a crane and trucked to the awaiting concrete pad, rails and gravel. Then the restoration began…
The Caboose is a Rare 1917 Wooden Caboose w/ the original interior pot belly stove, sink, ice box, bathroom, and bunks in place. All the interior original wood is in excellent shape and has been stripped and varnished. The bunk benches have had all the original cushions recovered.
We have placed reproduction lanterns on the interior. The original coal bin has some original Coal that was hauled on the Virginian Rail Road through Alberta to Norfolk area. We recently added a great Rail Road crossing sign at the end of the Caboose.
All the under carriage is being repainted Jet Black. All the exterior wood had to be replaced with V-cut original type boards. Then painted our bright red. The windows had to be replaced and roof coated and hand rails painted and new steps added. We are installing the original walkway on roof and gutters this year 2015.
If you tour our Alberta Caboose located in Town Square you will see the before and after pictures and they are amazing. There is information and dedication to the committee members, and the family that gave us the Caboose. You will see family names dedicated on our benches.
Teachers can schedule tours and walking tours are always welcome. The Alberta Caboose is a 501c3 nonprofit. Donations are always welcome to further our work. We applied for a t21 grant a couple of years ago and funds were not available at that time. The committee has done many fund raising events without the grant; to make this happen. They have done everything from comedy nights, dinners, BBQ & stew sales and a huge car show.
A heart felt big Thank You to all who have supported the committee in their goal to restore this gem for all to enjoy and remember our Rail Road history.
Contact President Joan Glenn for Tours or more information.434 949 7402.You can like us on our Alberta Caboose Facebook page.
We invite you to explore our town and talk to our residents, and decide for yourself if you would like to be a part of our ideal location.
The Town of Alberta
136 W First Avenue
Alberta, VA 23821
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