Welcome to Alberta, this jewel of a small town located on Historic Route 1 right off Interstate 85 was founded in 1928 at the intersection of two major railroads. While the trains have been discontinued, we continue to preserve the quality of life experienced more than 80 years ago.
Visitors can get the chance to watch one of our local civic groups make old fashioned Brunswick Stew. This regional treat is cooked in a huge black, iron pot over an open flame for about 12 hours using hand-cut chicken and vegetables. You can also visit Daniel's auction where estate sales draw hundreds of people from surrounding areas. Items for sale range from antique guns to building supplies and are held on Saturday, about twice a month. Should you have a medical problem, the two doctors, one dentist and a group of dedicated medical staff can assist you at Southside Virginia Medical Center. This million dollar facility was built a few years ago and offers a sliding scale for those on a fixed budget while offering excellent one on one care.
Recently, we received a great boost through Community Development Block grants that paid for revitalization efforts that have seen two dozen business facades up-dated, and created a beautiful Town Square, a focal point for concerts and civic events. Featured are new signage, sidewalks, streetlights, park benches and trash receptacles. The Town Square is comprised of 9 lots donated by Mrs. E. W. (Sonny) Johnson in memory of her late husband who was mayor of Alberta for 10 years. Other great features include a gazebo, a 20 car asphalt parking lot and a vintage caboose that pays tribute to Alberta's railroad history.
Alberta is currently in the process of rebuilding or remodeling about 30 homes in a low to moderate income area on Samford, Oak and North Streets. Improved drainage in the area will eliminate periodic flooding in low lying areas of the project. By remodeling and, in some cases re-building homes for our residents we will be able to give about a fifth of the Town a better quality of life and add pride in our close knit community.
Alberta is home to Southside Virginia Community College where a countywide festival is held each year and the home of Brunswick stew. The Taste of Brunswick last year saw more than 8,000 attendees sample Brunswick Stew made by more than 20 stew masters vying for cash prizes and recognition. About 50 vendors, that sold everything from corn dogs to handcrafted baskets, delighted those who came from far and wide to visit friends and make new ones.
Colonial Downs off-track wagering center and restaurant is located in Town where several events are held including poker tournaments, and a popular comedy hour event with dinner theater entertainment. People travel from as far as Charlotte, NC to view the standing room only bid for the Triple Crown as well as the Breeder's Cup, one of the most attended events of record.
The new Meherrin River Regional Jail which is a joint effort between Brunswick, Dinwiddie and Mecklenburg Counties is moving forward with a start up date for the summer of 2012. This $53 million facility will initially employ about 250 people creating much needed jobs for many in the area. Alberta is in the process of upgrading its infrastructure to accommodate the growth that is envisioned for the facility which is located across U. S. 1 from Colonial Downs.
We welcome you to drive into Alberta, visit the newly remodeled Alberta General Store, or just sit on the park bench at the post office, the hub of activity in Town. You might get the opportunity to strike up a conversation with a citizen who will regale you with stories of the first steam engine to come into the area or the motel on the highway that featured Indian teepees as lodging.
For more information, please contact Alberta Mayor, Robert Hayes at the Town Municipal office, 434 949-7443 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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