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Verandah-Curlee House Cleanup

More than 20 members of the Col. Rogers SCV Camp led in the cleanup of the Verandah House Grounds on March 22nd. A tremendous amount of work was completed to get the Verandah House ready to open for the public.

General’s Forum

A "Conversation with the Generals" was held on Friday Oct. 11 at the Coliseum in Corinth as part of the Battle of Farmington Reenactment as a fund raiser for the restoration of the historic Verandah House. Generals Uyless S. Grant (Dr. Curt Fields), William Tecumseh Sherman (Mr. Frank Kirtley), and General George H. Thomas (Mr. Dan Hughes) represented the Union Army.
Generals Robert E. Lee (Mr. Bill Stofel), Albert Sydney Johnson (Mr. Dusty Holder), Nathan Bedford Forrest (Mr. Mike Cole), William J. Hardee (Mr. Fred Lincoln) and P. G. T. Beauregard (Mr. Larry McCluney) represented the Confederate Army.

Verandah House restoration continues

The Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission envisions four phases of restoration work for the Verandah-Curlee House Museum.

The Board of Aldermen recently approved an application for an additional Mississippi Department of Archives and History grant and committed to pay the local of $40,845 for work that will fall under phase two and focus on meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The grant application seeks $163,380 for a total project of $204,225.

Siege and Battle Chairwoman Rosemary Williams said the four phases include:

- Structural and roof: The structural work is now underway with roof work to follow.
This phase of work will extend into the fall.

- ADA: Plans for the second phase are an off-street parlomg area for vans, walkway and ramp leading onto the end of the north porch, and a reconfigured restroom inside the home, all to meet ADA requirements.
The phase also includes electrical improvements to include additional power and will change the system from fuse boxes to breakers, a new heating and air unit, limited plumbing improvements and restoration of the old brick sidewalks surrounding the home.
Much of the work is required in order for the house to reopen to the public, Williams noted.

- Interior improvements: Phase three would include painting, repair of fabrics and furnishings, refinishing of floors, and development and implementation of an interpretive plan.
The phase is targeted for summer and fall of 2014 using private funding from local fundraisers.

- Grounds improvements: Planned for 2015, the final phase would include grounds repair, irrigation system repair and landscaping according to the period.

The funding source may be private via fundraisers.

From the Daily Corinthian

General’s Forum

On Friday October 11, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Coliseum in Corinth the Colonel William P. Rogers Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp and the Friends of the Siege and Battle of Corinth in conjunction with the Farmington Reenactment will sponsor a General’s Forum on the Battle of Shiloh. The program will be moderated by Shiloh Park Ranger, Tom Parson. It will feature five Union Generals, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, George M. Thomas, James McPherson and Don Carlos Buell and Confederate Generals Albert Sydney Johnston, P. G. T. Beauregard, William J. Hardee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and an appearance by General Robert E. Lee. They will discuss their roles in the Battle of Shiloh.

The program is open to the public and there is no admission charge. Donations will be accepted to assist in the restoration of the historic Verandah–Curlee House where many of these generals stayed during the Battles of Shiloh and Corinth in 1862.

Renovation moving along at historic home in Corinth

CORINTH, Mississippi — Supporters of the historic Verandah-Curlee House hope to resume tours of the home soon after exterior repairs wrap up.

Larry Mangus of the Siege & Battle of Corinth Commission told The Daily Corinthian that exterior work is expected to be completed by the end of September. The commission is seeking grants for interior restoration.

"After the restoration of the outside is completed in the next few weeks, we hope to be able to open the house and work with the National Park Service to give tours inside the house," he said.

The commission, charged with preservation and management of the city-owned antebellum home, is requesting a budget increase to help carry out its duties.

"Y'all are giving us about $200 a month less than what it takes to run the utilities there right now," commission representative Mike Byrd told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The commission was allotted $9,500 in the current budget and is commission is seeking an increase to $17,010 for fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1.

"Houses like that out there are hard to maintain," said Byrd. "They are expensive to maintain. If you don't maintain them, they are going down the tubes. There won't be another Verandah-Curlee house."

From the Daily Corinthian


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