Michie House gets new lease on life

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:20 am

Colonial home Michie House will find a new home behind the Sargeant Museum to a planned Heritage Farm.

During the town council meeting of Jan. 15, council members approved allowing the Louisa County Historical Society to relocate and restore a 1790’s house known as “The Michie House”  behind the Sargeant Museum. The house and a small smokehouse will be the first buildings in a Heritage Farm planned for site.

Elaine Taylor, director of the Sargeant Museum, said Ned Gumble president of Virginia Vermiculite, granted the house and smokehouse to the historical society with a matching gift of $25,000 to see the structures restored as a living history farm.

According to the historical society, the history of this particular colonial home includes owners whose lives provide authentic documentable narratives, allowing living history interpreters to present an authentic narrative of the early history of Louisa County and its people.

The history of the Michie House property, which began before the French and Indian War, allows for three centuries of Louisa County history to come alive.

At each stage of the reconstruction, coordinated workshops will be held by the historical society with hopes to encourage high school students, craftsmen and homeowners to participate and learn skills for repairing or maintaining a historic home.

To read the entire story, see the Jan. 31 edition of The Central Virginian.

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