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Welcome to the homepage of the Friends of Mt. Zion Institute in Winnsboro, South Carolina. Formed in April 2008, this group, quickly dubbed FOMZI, launched a dedicated effort to save buildings significant in our town's history.
On a site whose use has been educational since 1777, these 1936 buildings have stood closed and silent since 1991. FOMZI mounted an organized campaign of research into their suitability for renovation and potential uses for them.
Aided by a primary benefactor and a town council willing to hear us out, we set about to establish not only the desirability of saving them but the feasibility as well. The result was conclusive ... the buildings were most certainly salvageable and there was much interest in seeing it happen.
This web page became our story board; and Fairfield County residents, former MZI students, plus many with simply an interest in history and restoration projects have followed the effort on behalf of Mt. Zion.
Seven years later, FOMZI holds title to the property and work has begun on a facility that will be what we envisioned: a testament to the educational uses that came before it and an on-going benefit to the whole community. Our attention is focused on using this project for economic development in the community and the prospects have grown as dedication strengthened with each month of work on the project.
The Friends of Mt. Zion Institute are grateful to play a part in that and invite you to continue to check in with us for updated photos and progress reports.
February 3, 2016
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Friends of Mt. Zion Institute
P. O. Box 203
Winnsboro, SC 29180