2017-08-10 / Front Page

Toombs house renovation still going; historic site could reopen this month

The three-phase renovation of the Robert Toombs House is still in progress, with a tentative reopening projected between the end of August to mid-September.

The first phase of the project included the installation of a stone-coated steel roof.

“It gives the appearance of wooden shingles from afar,” curator Marcia Campbell said. “They’ve also done some special design work because of the shape of the roof,” Campbell explained, emphasizing that the transitioning between the different wings of the house – constructed at different times – has taken time and careful attention.

“The goal was to prevent leaks, so we won’t have to do this again, and it should last us a very, very long time,” she said. “But they’ve had to be extremely careful in how they’ve installed everything, which took a little longer than expected.”

The second phase of renovations will focus on the entablature and surrounding area, which is the structure that attaches the northwest column to the northwest corner of the house.

According to Campbell, the state has covered the cost of repairs for phases one and two, however a grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation will take care of phase three, which will focus on any interior plaster that was damaged due to the leaks from the previous roof, along with any other affected areas.

“We really want to thank everyone for their patience as this renovation work continues,” Campbell said. “But, please contact the site for questions regarding reopening for tours.”

For up-to-date information, the Toombs House office may be reached at 706-678-2226, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Likewise, regular updates and upcoming events can be found on the home’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/bobtoombssite.

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