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Pictured above is the Fredonia Community House property on Friday afternoon. the Fredonia Heritage Association will celebrate 100 years of the community on Sunday with a birthday party at 3 p.m. The party is free to the public. -- Dustin Duncan

Fredonia Community House turns 100 years old

FREDONIA — If buildings could smile, the Fredonia Community House would probably beam at the celebration in its honor slated for Sunday.

The celebration will mark 100 years of the community house serving the community.

Beginning at 3 p.m. EDT, there will be a birthday party complete with ice cream and cake. There’s no admission charge, and everyone’s invited.

“With its wonderful history, this old building is still a vital part of this area and means so much to Fredonia,” said J.J. Frickert, president of Fredonia Heritage.

In a salute to the historic structure’s first 100 years, a cash prize of $100 will be given away. Participants do not have to be present to win.

The Sunday party is being hosted by the Fredonia Heritage Association and the Fredonia Community Club.

Located at 6160 Chambers County Road 222, what’s now the Community House began as a school. The first day of classes was Oct. 8, 1919.

In more recent times, the Community House has had lots of visitors when the Fredonia community has a town council meeting, an April barbecue or Heritage Day on the first Saturday in November.

Storytelling will highlight the Sunday celebration. Longtime Fredonia residents have been asked to share stories about the old days at Fredonia School, and more recently, the Community House.

“It seems so fitting to celebrate this centennial milestone with an old-fashioned ice cream social,” said Regenia Barninger, president of the Fredonia Community Club. “We’re hoping everyone will join us for this time of fellowship and fun.”