- Last Updated on 07:51 AM 05/20/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
In an effort to restore Sunnyview at Cluster Springs so that Patrick Henry boys will be able to return to “their home” before the beginning of school in the fall, a fundraising event has been scheduled for Thursday, June 27, from 5 to 8 p.m.
“Reopening the Door to Sunnyview at Cluster Springs” will be a special evening on Thursday, June 27, when guests will be invited to tour the home and enjoy the hospitality of the Patrick Henry Advisory Council and staff while raising necessary funds to restore the property through a silent auction and raffle.
Built in 1894 by Rufus Owen, youngest son of notable planter, landowner and politician William L. Owen, Sunnyview was built to last.
Owen built the home to last, as fire had destroyed the original antebellum home built by his father. The Victorian mansion consists of 14 rooms, most of which have either marble or slate floors. It is said that before the depression, the Owen
family entertained governors and numerous special guests.
In 1982, the then owners of Sunnyview, Mr. and Mrs. William M. Rogers, donated the home to Patrick Henry, who adapted it for use as a boys’ group home.
The home has continued to be used as a boys’ home until, during a summer inspection, several serious problems with the enclosed fire escape were discovered. The problems discovered were due to water damage over a period of undetermined time. In order to repair the damage, youth living in Sunnyview were relocated to the Brookneal campus.
Patrick Henry Family Services is the parent organization over Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes, Hope for Tomorrow Counseling and Hat Creek Camps.
The mission of Patrick Henry Family Services is to provide a continuum of services to distressed children and families that will keep children safe and families together when possible.
To better fulfill that mission and to help families contend with the dynamic challenges posed by current culture, they have built upon their original residential care concept with a series of other ministries, programs and services.
Patrick Henry Family Services expressed appreciation to the South Boston/Halifax community for its generous support and encourages anyone who wishes to attend the event to telephone its Hope for Tomorrow Counseling Service in South Boston at 434-575-0145.