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Michie House becomes part of living history exhibit

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

Michie.HouseThe diminutive 16×14-square-foot Michie House is considered an average 18th century structure and is rich in Louisa County history.

The old one-and-a-half story house, was purchased in 1790 by Robert Michie from the family of Gilbert Gibson. Gibson is thought to be part of a tri-racial, or melungeon community, that existed in Louisa County.

Michie House now stands proudly on its new site behind the Sargeant Museum on Fredericksburg Avenue in Louisa.

After years of planning to make the project a reality, the Louisa Historical Society’s Sargeant Museum hosted a dedication and official opening of the restored home and accompanying smoke house.

The three-century old home and accompanying smoke house were donated by Virginia Vermiculite, in addition to $25,000 to help fund the restoration project.

Billy Guilford, a member of the Louisa Historical Society’s board of directors, told the assembly of people that Michie House is typical of thousands of homes built in Louisa County during the mid 1700s and 1800s.

Ned Gumble, president of Virginia Vermiculite, said he was amazed at the finished result of the restoration, especially considering what they previously resembled.

The house was full of junk and old snake skins, he said, while the smokehouse still had hams hanging from the rafters. He praised the historical society for its efforts to preserve the structures.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 21 edition of The Central Virginian.

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