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This house is in Mouth of Wilson, VA, built in 1st half of 19th cent by owners of a wool mill next door, which mill is said to have been major supplier of material for Confederate uniforms. "Remodeled" in 1906, recently "rescued" from gradual decline during occupancy of an heir to originals. Rescuers are locals, one of whose son is an architect with a great eye and a loving hand. The son married my niece and just had a wedding reception on the site.

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The louvers to each side of the window high up are the attic vents. Original parts had wool insulation in walls.

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Nice crib.

Can you imagine wearing a wool uniform, sleeping on the ground in Arkansas, Tennessee, or thereabouts, chiggers, ticks, stink, bad food, bad water, sleeping in your clothes and boots, AND having to wake up every morning and go do battle?

We live at the edge of a battle field (Battle of Thompson's Station, TN) and last May it looked like the ghost from the war had returned to claim the area. They were doing a big reenactment and we had about 300 uniformed solders, horse drawn cannons and waggons going through our subdivision as a shortcut to the battle field. It was a chilling sight.

The best part was to see a guy in a CSA uniform ridding in a golf cart with orange Igloo water coolers in it, that brought you back to reality!

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View from east, with some added length of porch, which length was more than doubled by the rescuing designer.

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View from south of west side, most of which porch length is new.

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View of west side porch. Flooring is new, unfinished as yet, of locally felled, dried and milled black locust.

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As a wedding guest I was not able to take pictures as an inspector would. The architect's dad is a talented jack of trades who did a lot of the work and took me on a tour. Original brick all made right next door or whatever, very little lime in what was essentially mud mortar joints that were easy to cleanup where some chimneys were removed.

The hearth opening headers (lintels?) and extensions on one doublefaced chimney column left exposed were massive pieces of local soapstone.

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