A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens invite others interested in the local history, Appalachian culture and the strong neighborhoods that the Pilot Community Center once supported, to a meeting at 6 p.m. on May 23.

The Pilot Community Center waits patiently in a quiet pine cove on Brush Creek Road at the bottom of Pilot Mountain. Ted Veggeberg and others would like to see it perform the function of a community center again. But that takes a community.

Welcoming everyone – from Pilot and beyond – the meeting will help the community decide together whether to sell the old building, its land, or both, or to revive it – taking the reins from aging and gone caretakers, reimagining the old building, celebrating the community it held not long ago and might hold again.

Standing in the grass, Ted Veggeberg, solid shouldered, tanned neck and hair close-clipped salt-and-pepper, he’s a former Marine and Pilot goat farmer, is talking about the nearly hundred-year-old,  two-story, cupola’d building. It began as a school in the 20s and became a center of the Pilot community in the 60s.

Veggeberg and local artist and musician T. Byron Kelly have been tending the grounds and the building trying to take the reins to revive it.

“There’s a use for it,” Veggeberg is saying. “Byron and I have been wracking our brains, but it’s not up to us to decide and that’s the reason for the meeting,” he said stepping up onto the old porch.


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