27 February 2017

Hope Reborn of War

A few weeks ago, my wife and I had the privilege of watching a new documentary about "a unique educational community" in Fishersville, Virginia. The film focuses on the history of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. WWRC was originally built as an army hospital during WWII. After the war, it was converted to a high school - Wilson Memorial. My wife attended the old high school and I attended the newer high school after the old school was closed. I also worked in the cafeteria at the rehab center while I was in high school. Many family members went to WMHS as well. Needless to say, there are a lot of memories associated with this place. To their credit, our local PBS affiliate has made the documentary available on Youtube. Even though I'm a bit biased due to my personal connection to this place, it really is a fascinating story.

The documentary is based on a book by local historian Nancy Sorrels and was produced by the Augusta County Historical Society.

4 comments:

Eddie said...

I was at WWRC mid 70's. It made possible a good life and career for me when things looked very dark. Their computer programming course and the OT and PT there were wonderful. Will always be thankful for my time there.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Eddie - you may have been there at the same time I was. I went to school there from 72-76 and worked in the WWRC Cafeteria 74-75.

Eddie said...

I was there from January 75 to December of 76. Moved from the old barracks to the new building while I was there.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Well, if you ever ate in the cafeteria, you probably saw me in there working.