People who live in our area are welcome to use the schoolhouse for personal events such as birthday parties, wedding receptions, family get-togethers, and free community events. We keep costs low to encourage community use. We also have a limited number of events we can allow each year that are for-profit. Examples of a for-profit event are classes that charge a fee or a yard sale).
The Venersborg Schoolhouse located at 24309 NE 209th Street was built in 1912. It is on the National Historic Register and on Washington States’ Historic Register as the oldest community building in continuous use. Your help is needed to keep it in good repair. By using the building YOU are considered an associate member and are responsible for cleaning and/or any damage that results from your use or your guests’ use of the building.
FEES FOR USE
The Venersborg Community Club (VCC) charges a minimum, non-refundable advance fee of $25. Depending on the size of the event, the rental fees are $25 for events with 1-25 people, $50 for 26-50 people, or $75 for 75 or more people. The fee is payable to the Venersborg Community Club (VCC). An additional $25 cleaning fee is charged separately, and is refunded when the school and grounds are left clean as instructed on the downloaded form.
We welcome any additional donations above the minimum fee. All funds are used to maintain the building or sponsor community events. This fee may be waived for non-profit groups if requested prior to the next monthly meeting (2nd Saturday of the month). Thank you for helping us keep the schoolhouse in good shape.
RESERVE a DATE for YOUR EVENT
To request a date for use or ask questions …
or call Kathy Holtby at (360) 901-3951, or For Kathy’s email click here .
Best is to send to BOTH emails so it’s sure to be seen quickly.
Once you have confirmed the building is available on the date you request, print out the form below and mail it in with your payment. The space is not reserved until we have both the form and the fee. Check that the date is open here.
Mail the form to Venersborg Community Club, P.O. Box 475, Battle Ground, WA 98604
To reserve the schoolhouse, please print and return this document:
Print a copy of the Guidelines for using the schoolhouse. Bring this with you to the schoolhouse.
Because we are a small organization, we don’t have staff to clean up after each building use. We rely upon you, the renter, to do that. Please leave the building, fire pit, and grounds clean, neat and as you found it.
There are a few details and instructions peculiar to the schoolhouse that you must be aware of and follow. The form you just downloaded explains the tasks that need to be done to open the building, turn on the utilities, and how to clean up after you use the building. If the building is not clean, we may charge an additional fee to you.
IMPORTANT: Other renter’s have told us they find it best to initial each task as they go through their cleanup. What a smart idea!
Thank you for making use of this beloved building. We hope you enjoy its rustic warmth and the pleasure it brings to our community. If you notice a problem please notify us as soon as possible by calling Kathy Holtby at (360) 901-3951 or Sue Kvamme at (509) 679-2809.
Make an ADDITIONAL DONATION
Donations are gratefully accepted. Funds earned from rentals are used for building maintenance and to run community events. Make a donation to the Venersborg Historic Preservation Society (VHPS) – a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Mail to: P.O. Box 475, Battle Ground, WA 98604
Venersborg Community Club (VCC) and Venersborg Historic Preservation Society’s (VHPS) mission statement:
- To preserve and improve the Historic Venersborg Schoolhouse and its rural and historic character for use as a social, educational, agricultural and recreational facility for the Venersborg regional community
- To promote responsible, productive community leadership and volunteerism and
- To promote and support community needs.
Note: We reserve the right to cancel your event due to non-payment, unexpected maintenance or similar issues. The schoolhouse is administered solely by volunteers, please be kind to them!