But before a center becomes a reality, there is much work to be done. Volunteers have been cleaning up the two acres around the house and salvaging what they can from several outbuildings that were torn down. Then they’ll start on the house itself, which sits on a strong foundation accented with marble.
“We’re planning on doing a lot of repairs,” said Martha McConnell. “The floors are all tongue and groove and have been painted. The windows were broken. Our job now is to get volunteers and the money to fix it.”
At the same time, the society is searching for items that may have belonged to the house. A local resident produced a pair of original shutters; another donated the coat tree that once stood in the hall.
“We know the items in the house were auctioned off, so we’re trying to track them down,” said Martha McConnell. “Once we get things in shape and some of those items back, we can tell the history of this community in this house.”
Information about the Historical Society, its projects and how to volunteer or donate: historicforsyth.com.
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