History of the Scout House
The Scout House was built about 1938 on East Washington Street in downtown Athens, Ala., as a building for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service, it was built as a one-story frame with gable shingled roof, small bay window to the west side, porch with small pedimented stoop; rectangular-shaped north and south, with entrance on the south, full basement and partial attic.
The Scout House became the central office for the Athens City Board of Education in 1965 and operated in that capacity until 2012.
Those in the community who remember its days as a Scout House fondly recall going to dances there where they experienced a first date, a first dance, and even a first kiss.
Athens Arts League is re-purposing this empty historic structure and making it a vital cultural facility to promote art through music.
Oh my goodness if those walls could talk. I spent all summer every summer there. Swam from day light until 7 each night. Did water ballet, dived, played "dunk" which was flirt with boys and girls, danced my legs off in Scout House. Most all us girls got our first kiss in the cemetery next door.
- Lynn Christopher Romines