Community Center

Workers recently tore out the flood-damaged floor of the event building of the B.H. Starks Memorial Community Center, which is also known as the Cumberland Furnace Community Center. SUBMITTED

The event building at the non-profit community center in Cumberland Furnace is closed for repairs, and trustees are seeking volunteers and $20,000 in donations to get it open again.

Workers recently tore out the flood-damaged floor of the event building of the B.H. Starks Memorial Community Center, which is also known as the Cumberland Furnace Community Center. The event venue is at the B.H. Starks general store location.

The floor was damaged from flooding in early 2019 as the Cumberland Furnace Creek rose beyond its banks. It was determined the whole floor had to be removed because of flooding and termite damage, according to an announcement from the center.

The event venue hosts weddings, birthday parties, reunions and other community and charitable events. The community center opened in 1986.

The center’s repair project, as with its routine operations, is an all-volunteer effort relying on donations, presiding officer Norman Bowlby said. The center runs entirely on private funds instead of taxes.

“No one gets paid,” he said. “And we don’t get anything from Dickson County; we don’t get grants.”

Though the event venue is closed, the community center’s outdoor areas —including ballfields, picnic tables and playground — remain open, Bowlby said. The property includes a nine-acre park with a creek.

The community center is well known for its Fourth of July fireworks display that Bowlby said draws nearly 3,000 people. Easter egg hunts, visits with Santa Claus and music events also take place at the community center.

Donations can be made at the community center’s GoFundMe page or by sending checks, payable to the community center, to P.O. Box 268, Cumberland Furnace, TN 37051. For more information or to volunteer, call Bowlby at (615) 789-5536.

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