Winnsboro’s Historic Mt. Zion Institute to be Demolished?


Public outcry from citizens and the special interest group Friends of Mt. Zion Institute filled town hall on Oct. 15 in hopes of saving the historic Mt. Zion building from the wrecking ball.

Former councilman Bill Haslett is in favor of keeping Mt. Zion and does not want to see a part of Winnsboro’s history torn down. “Revitalizing Mt. Zion is something I’ve pushed for for a long time,” Haslett stated. “My support of Mt. Zion is real and I would like to see the town reconsider a decision to tear it down.”

Frustrated by little to zero progress during the three years that Red Clay Development owned the building, Haslett said the town had to pay Red Clay an unspecified amount just to receive the deed to the building back after Red Clay threatened to sue.

In 2006, the town accepted the property from the Mt. Zion Society along with a $108,000 cash receipt. Haslett asked the question, “Where was that money and how come it was not being used to renovate the building?”


Blog Note:

I attended kindergarten at this school, so I would very much like to see it saved and renovated. If you would take a moment to “like” the Friends of Mt. Zion Facebook Page as a show of support, I would greatly appreciate it.  Contacting the City of  Winnsboro to stress the need to save this building would be even more appreciated.

Michael Dodds, MAI

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