Center gives new life to West Point

Published 8:34 pm Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Virginia Cook Activity Center has long been a staple of life in West Point.

The center was founded 75 years ago in 1942 by its namesake, Virginia Cook. She created a school for the children of parents who were working in the factories in an attempt to provide those children with an education. Since that time, the center has become a critical component of the West Point community.

Wednesday afternoon marked the latest chapter in the activity center’s long career serving the West Point community, as the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, along with the City of West Point officially cut the ribbon on the newly renovated structure.

The original building burnt down long ago, which is when the center moved to its current location before shutting down in the 1990s.

The center is now open again thanks to the concerted efforts of citizens to rehabilitate the historic structure it is housed within. Now the activity center will be able to host events on a smaller scale than West Point’s other event center, the Depot.

Congratulations to the citizens of West Point for the reopening of this historic site. It is a testament to the community as a whole.