New Langley Bell 4-H Center Opens Saturday (With Photo Gallery)

April 29, 2015

Escambia County’s new 4-H Center will be officially dedicated Saturday, and a Master Gardener Spring Festival is also planned.

Festivities begin at 8 a.m.  with a a 9 a.m. dedication of the new Langley Bell 4-H Center at 3730 Stefani Road in Cantonment.

“Escambia County 4-H has a bright future ahead with new facilities, new 4-H staff and funding to carry it to preeminence nationwide.  Our goal and mission is to grow this program throughout the county and create positive 4-H youth development opportunities,” said Pamela Allen, UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County director.  “There is a definite excitement among the youth, volunteers, staff and community supporters.  Our prospects to make a difference in the lives of youth are endless.”

Residents, Escambia County commissioners, 4-H youth, and Escambia County Extension staff will enjoy tours of the new building, highlighting areas for hands-on learning for all Escambia County children, ages 8 to 18.

Back in 1943 Minnie and Langley Bell donated 400 acres on Nine Mile Road for the county’s original 4-H Center. The property was given to Escambia County 4-H in a trust, with the Escambia County Commission serving as trustees. When the property was sold to Navy Federal Credit Union in 2012 for expansion, a new 4-H Center was planned on the Escambia County Extension Service property on Stefani Road.

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Funds from the sale were also used to purchase 108 acres in Molino where a new 4-H Animal Science and Outdoor Center is being developed.

“Escambia County 4-H traditions have a strong foundation with the many successes of the past and will no doubt be carried forward with our new Langley Bell 4-H Center and the new 4-H property in Molino.  A new generation of 4-Hers will now be served in a way that is unparalleled in facilities, financial support and community involvement,” said Brian Bell, president of the Escambia County 4-H Foundation and also the grandson of the original donors of the property, Minnie and Langley Bell. “My grandparents, Uncle Bill (Langley Bell, Jr.), and my father would be ecstatic to see how 4-H has used that initial donation of land to further its mission and serve so many more youth in this community.”

A Master Gardener Spring Festival will also take place Saturday at the Extension Service in Cantonment. The event will include a variety of gardening advice, a plant sale, plant clinic, daylily bulb sale, demonstration garden tours, tractor display and refreshments.

Pictured: The new Langley Bell 4-H Center on Stefani Road will open Saturday. Photos for, click to enlarge.


4 Responses to “New Langley Bell 4-H Center Opens Saturday (With Photo Gallery)”

  1. 429SCJ on April 30th, 2015 3:21 am

    He who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it.

    I do agree that it is time to attempt to move forward.

  2. david lamb on April 29th, 2015 5:16 pm

    “preeminence nationwide”…. Lets start with some teen 4Hers winning some state and national awards for their projects. Bring Escambia 4H back to its past award winning ways. I feel the talent is there and the resources are available to do so.
    These are not meant to be sarcastic statements , they are meant to help rejuvinate a program that can be one of, if not, the best in the nation. As a former Escambia 4Her, that is my desire. Make the Best Better! You are off to a good start. Keep the wheels oiled and the momentum going!
    Lets see more articles like the Jim Allen Speech contest.
    Put behind the past wounds and work as a team to create a program we can all be proud of!

  3. Lauren Marshall on April 29th, 2015 12:21 pm

    4-H is such an asset to Pensacola and the children of our community. I encourage everyone to visit and explore how 4-H may touch the lives of each child. The opportunities are endless. Dr. Langley Bell and Mrs. Bell would be very proud. By the way, my 3 children learned / earned invaluable life lessons, met many friends, and thoroughly enjoyed their involvement in the 4-H Livestock Program.

  4. Sarah-Jane on April 29th, 2015 6:42 am

    Barrineau Park 4-H youth will be helping with the event, gving tours of the new building. Come out and see all the different aspects of 4-H and how youth can be involved and Learn by Doing.

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