2011-06-02 / Front Page

Repairs to rain-damaged Toombs House will be ready in time to celebrate Toombs’ birthday


Robert Toombs’ precious law library had to be wrapped against the dust of repairs needed after his home’s roof leaked. Robert Toombs’ precious law library had to be wrapped against the dust of repairs needed after his home’s roof leaked. The Robert Toombs House Historic Site is ready to celebrate the great man’s birthday July 2, but it hasn’t been easy after roof leaks damaged plaster ceilings, walls and moldings in several rooms.

“All of the damage was caused by leaks in the roof,” Curator Marcia Campbell said. “Thankfully, the Toombs House received a grant from the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation to have the repairs done.”

Prep work for the plaster project began Tuesday, May 17, and the project was completed on May 27, she said. “Five areas have been repaired and repainted and the entire house has been cleaned and polished. The roof was sealed and all the plaster allowed to dry out before the work could begin. To get ready for repairs, we had to carefully wrap everything in plastic – every bit of furniture, every furnishing, every bookcase.”

After all the repairs, cleaning, and repainting, the home is ready for the celebration of Robert Augustus Toombs’ birthday on Saturday, July 2, with a living history program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“ This Civil War living history program will focus on Robert Toombs’ resignation as the Confederate Secretary of State and his determination to serve as a brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia in July of 1861,” Campbell said. “We invite everyone to come visit.”

In addition, the Robert Toombs House will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from June 1 through Labor Day, thanks to Blue Star Museums, a program of the National Endowment of the Arts.

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