The Wilderness Road Regional Museum and the buildings on the grounds are in need of repair. The New River Historical Society has found funds to make some fundamental repairs. In 2011, the NRHS replaced the old leaking roof on the long museum building with a new standing seam metal roof. A donation from a member enabled the addition of historically correct half-round gutters so that water run off could be diverted away from the foundation. Another member is working on a window…just a small but very meaningful project. A third member contributed the funds to have the back porch screens and screened door repaired.
There is a significant amount of delayed maintenance to be tackled. Every contribution is important. Every contribution makes a difference. Contributions can be in the form of money or labor, if you have the skills to do a certain task. Currently there are several ongoing repairs taking place, some in small steps because of the lack of funds. If you are interested in making a targeted donation for a specific project, here are some needs:
- Side porch: rotten flooring and some support beams. Must be removed, repairs made, new flooring. UPDATE: This project was completed in Fall 2013!
- Windows: many need scraping and painting.
- The Loom House: the repairs have started. The replacement of the bad chinking on three sides is funded and will start soon. Chimney and hearth repairs need funding, and the replacement of some short logs on the chimney side also needs funding. The logs have been located but must be moved to the site. Extra logs from this move can be stored because it is difficult to locate the correct logs for repairs for the buildings on the grounds.