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Louisa historical home pulling up stakes

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

Louisa Historical Society President Bernice Kube (l to r) Leslie Jordanger, Craig Jacobs and Maren Smith clean bricks that will be reused when re-building historic Michie House.

A remarkable piece of Louisa County will soon be renovated and moved to a more appropriate location so that today’s generation can enjoy it for years to come.

The Louisa County Historical Society is in the process of transporting an 18th century home called the “Michie House” to a plot of land behind the Sargeant Museum on Fredericksburg Avenue.  Once moved there, the house is set to be repaired and serve as a tantalizing peek into not only the county’s past, but the country’s as well.

Due to the fact that the Michie House endured such historical moments in American history, such as the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the wear and tear of 20th century farm life, it offers a level of timeless mystique that is hard to find.

“It allows us to represent a lot of different time periods in that house,” Elaine Taylor, director of the Sargeant Museum said.

The house currently sits on property owned by Virginia Vermiculite in the Green Springs district on Louisa Road. The mining business is owned and operated by Ned Gumble.

After being approached with the possibility of moving the house nearly four years ago, Gumble said he thought that the house would serve as the perfect complement to the society’s mission.

“It’s an interesting piece of history that’s been on the wrong site,” Gumble said.  “It’s the perfect project for the historical society to be able to rebuild and use for a learning experience.”

The process of moving the house involves dismantling it at its current location, transporting it to its new site and reassembling it. Many of the original materials from the house, such as the bricks from the foundation and wooden beams, will be recycled and reused for the reconstruction.

“We’ll put the components back up, those that needed to be repaired will be repaired, and those that needed to be replaced will be replaced,” Taylor said.  “I can’t say it’s a tinkertoy set, but you kind of just put the joints back in.”

According to historical records, Robert Michie bought the house and the surrounding property in 1790. The 14 by 16-foot house features a steep, winding staircase, wooden panels locked with pegs and a chimney constructed with handmade bricks, all standards of an 18th century house.

To read the entire story, see the June 6 edition of The Central Virginian.

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