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Verandah House supporters eye reopening, tours
by Jebb Johnston
Aug 20, 2013 | 204 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Verandah-Curlee House supporters hope to revive tours of the home soon after exterior repairs wrap up.

Larry Mangus, representing the Siege & Battle of Corinth Commission, told the Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday that the exterior work is expected to finish within six weeks, and the commission is seeking grants for interior restoration work.

“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,” said Mike Byrd, also representing the commission. “That doesn’t cover any repairs that might come along.”

Siege & Battle was allotted $9,500 in the current budget, and the commission seeks an increase to $17,010 for fiscal 2014.

“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.”

The commission was among numerous outside agencies submitting requests for the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
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