Sale raises funds for new roof for Phelps-Tavenner Research Center

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Tina Merrill is shown “trying out” a set of stilts at the Raise the Roof yard sale on May 20 to benefit the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society and a new roof at the Phelps-Tavenner Research Center on Camden Avenue.

Photo Provided Tina Merrill is shown “trying out” a set of stilts at the Raise the Roof yard sale on May 20 to benefit the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society and a new roof at the Phelps-Tavenner Research Center on Camden Avenue.

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Historical and Preservation Society raised more than $2,000 at its first Raise the Roof Fund yard sale for the new roof at the Phelps-Tavenner Research Center on Camden Avenue.

The society in 2015 acquired the building, the longest running residence in Wood County built by Hugh Phelps circa 1808, and is restoring the structure that was significant in the history of Wood County.

The yard sale was held at the facility on Saturday.

Bob Enoch, president of the historical society, was appreciative of the support from participants in the yard sale.

“It’s still amazing people have driven by that property for years and didn’t realize that it was there,” he said.

The society goal for the roofing fund is $25,000 to cover the cost of composite cedar shakes that will resemble the original 19th century roofing, Enoch said. While looking original, the composite shakes have a much longer lifespan than real cedar, Enoch said.

The facility has undergone an extensive restoration of the interior, which revealed the location of the original spiral staircase.

Parts of the interior are enclosed in Plexiglas to show the original beams and brick construction. A section that has been encased covers beams that were charred in a fire.

As a resource center, the historical society is requesting residents who have their family histories provide the information to be included in the archives, Enoch said.

“We’ll even pay to have it copied, of course,” Enoch said.

Donations also can be made to the Raise the Roof Fund by writing checks to the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society and mailed to P.O. Box 565, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

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