The Sedalia Center exists because of the vision of Bill and Annis McCabe.

The couple purchased the former school building from the county at an auction more than 20 years ago with the idea of turning it into an arts center in a rural setting. They shortly got it rolling, setting it up as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a board of directors. It runs entirely on donations, the proceeds of festivals and volunteers — lots of volunteers.

Bill McCabe, a noted area equine enthusiast, died two years ago. Annis, a noted area artist, followed him last year. The McCabe family, however, is still involved. Virginia McCabe, the daughter of Bill and Annis, is on the board of directors and their daughter-in-law, Doris McCabe, came on board as the center’s director at the end of last year.

Doris McCabe, married to the McCabes son, Tom, moved down here from New York State last May. She described the area where she lived, in the Hudson River valley, as much like Bedford County. Prior to moving here, she taught freshman-level college English classes and English as a second language. She’s also been involved with horses all her life and has been “horse crazy” for as long as she can remember. At present, she has a mare, named Mystery, that her father-in-law bred.

Written by: John Barnhart, 2012

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