A grassroots initiative to restore and re-purpose the historic 1839 Asheboro Female Academy has received a $2,000 donation from the Weed ‘N Win Garden Club.
“We have waited several years in order to donate a substantial amount to a worthwhile project,” said Weed ‘N Win Garden Club treasurer Molly Brake. “The renovation of the Asheboro Female Academy fit our goal.”
The oldest existing building in Asheboro, the Asheboro Female Academy is located on property owned by Asheboro City Schools, adjacent to the Asheboro City Schools headquarters at 1126 South Park Street. Upon completion, the renovated Academy will serve as a living museum/educational classroom for teachers and students from the Asheboro and Randolph County school systems, and for organizations and individuals. The .5 acre property surrounding the Academy will become a pocket park, to include native species trees and historically correct landscaping
When the Female Academy renovation project was presented to the Weed ‘N Win members in October 2015, they voted unanimously to give their support to the renovation fund.
Established in 1951, the club’s mission statement reads “Weed N’ Win is organized for the purpose of stimulating interest in beautification and conservation projects, whether of a local or a broader nature; of creating greater interest in growing flowers, shrubs and trees.”
Weed ‘N Win members sell pecans in the fall to raise money for its support of projects in preservation and beautification of worthwhile projects in the local community.
Other projects supported by Weed ‘N Win over the years include a special needs playground at Guy B. Teachey School, the TreesNC East Side vegetable garden, and annual maintenance of the garden at the historic Gatekeeper’s House. The City of Asheboro’s downtown hanging basket program was originated by Weed ‘N Win.
Tax-deductible contributions to the Asheboro Female Academy restoration project may be sent to TreesNC Asheboro Female Academy Fund, P.O. Box 1567, Asheboro, NC 27204. For information, call Alvis Owen George at (336)558-6966 or Reynolds Lisk at (336)633-8449.