More than 20 members
of the Col. Rogers SCV Camp led in the cleanup of the Verandah House
Grounds on March 22nd. A tremendous amount of work was completed to
get the Verandah House ready to open for the public.
with the Generals" was held on Friday Oct. 11 at the Coliseum
in Corinth as part of the Battle of Farmington Reenactment as a fund
raiser for the restoration of the historic Verandah House. Generals
Uyless S. Grant (Dr. Curt Fields), William Tecumseh Sherman (Mr. Frank
Kirtley), and General George H. Thomas (Mr. Dan Hughes) represented
the Union Army.
Generals Robert E. Lee (Mr. Bill Stofel), Albert Sydney Johnson (Mr.
Dusty Holder), Nathan Bedford Forrest (Mr. Mike Cole), William J.
Hardee (Mr. Fred Lincoln) and P. G. T. Beauregard (Mr. Larry McCluney)
represented the Confederate Army.
The Siege and
Battle of Corinth Commission envisions four phases of restoration
work for the Verandah-Curlee House Museum.
The Board of Aldermen
recently approved an application for an additional Mississippi Department
of Archives and History grant and committed to pay the local of $40,845
for work that will fall under phase two and focus on meeting Americans
with Disabilities Act requirements. The grant application seeks $163,380
for a total project of $204,225.
Siege and Battle
Chairwoman Rosemary Williams said the four phases include:
- Structural and
roof: The structural work is now underway with roof work to follow.
This phase of work will extend into the fall.
- ADA: Plans for
the second phase are an off-street parlomg area for vans, walkway
and ramp leading onto the end of the north porch, and a reconfigured
restroom inside the home, all to meet ADA requirements.
The phase also includes electrical improvements to include additional
power and will change the system from fuse boxes to breakers, a new
heating and air unit, limited plumbing improvements and restoration
of the old brick sidewalks surrounding the home.
Much of the work is required in order for the house to reopen to the
public, Williams noted.
- Interior improvements:
Phase three would include painting, repair of fabrics and furnishings,
refinishing of floors, and development and implementation of an interpretive
The phase is targeted for summer and fall of 2014 using private funding
from local fundraisers.
- Grounds improvements:
Planned for 2015, the final phase would include grounds repair, irrigation
system repair and landscaping according to the period.
The funding source
may be private via fundraisers.
the Daily Corinthian
On Friday October
11, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Coliseum in Corinth the Colonel William
P. Rogers Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp and the Friends of the
Siege and Battle of Corinth in conjunction with the Farmington Reenactment
will sponsor a Generals Forum on the Battle of Shiloh. The program
will be moderated by Shiloh Park Ranger, Tom Parson. It will feature
five Union Generals, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, George
M. Thomas, James McPherson and Don Carlos Buell and Confederate Generals
Albert Sydney Johnston, P. G. T. Beauregard, William J. Hardee, Nathan
Bedford Forrest and an appearance by General Robert E. Lee. They will
discuss their roles in the Battle of Shiloh.
The program is
open to the public and there is no admission charge. Donations will
be accepted to assist in the restoration of the historic VerandahCurlee
House where many of these generals stayed during the Battles of Shiloh
and Corinth in 1862.
moving along at historic home in Corinth
Supporters of the historic Verandah-Curlee House hope to resume
tours of the home soon after exterior repairs wrap up.
Larry Mangus of
the Siege & Battle of Corinth Commission told The Daily Corinthian
that exterior work is expected to be completed by the end of September.
The commission is seeking grants for interior restoration.
restoration of the outside is completed in the next few weeks, we
hope to be able to open the house and work with the National Park
Service to give tours inside the house," he said.
charged with preservation and management of the city-owned antebellum
home, is requesting a budget increase to help carry out its duties.
giving us about $200 a month less than what it takes to run the utilities
there right now," commission representative Mike Byrd told the
Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
was allotted $9,500 in the current budget and is commission is seeking
an increase to $17,010 for fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1.
that out there are hard to maintain," said Byrd. "They are
expensive to maintain. If you don't maintain them, they are going
down the tubes. There won't be another Verandah-Curlee house."
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