Thursday, June 30, 2016

Voices in the Paper....

Well, we got a ladder and that helped us get the ceiling down in the breezeway and that led to more paneling being removed...


That led to this message! You can see the Rev P.C. Rowe engraving clearly and the other message talks about a 25$ fine for the noise in the church. Sadly there was a date but just the "18" remains and my thought would be there would be more writings under the seven layers of paper...


When I pulled down a piece of paneling, a nice size of wallpaper fell off with it and I wanted to test my separation method. I was really curious to see the designs of the paper and I figured a sharp scraper and spray bottle should help me separate the layers. Well if you zoom in, I started to notice faint writing...Interesting I thought....

Then there was more!

Then...

Then...


A message from the pastor!! I can't make it all out, sadly...but what I can make out is (all your troubles....Jesus and he will...your wrong....and....everyday) dots are missing words....This was quite strong and sit shivers down me!

 

The more I scrap the more I find! Signatures from the Hayes family, Brown, Bankes, Ramsey....Just so many! This interesting message, "Silkie Scott The Mohawk Man better known as Fast Black". There is even a signature from I believe one of Salisbury's daughters dated 1917...It really is amazing!!


A sample of some of the papers, thought most have lost their color, you can still make out some of it and most of these papers are from Maxwell.

 
  

Finally I will leave you guys some flower photos!!!

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It BURNT!!!

Well one thing about buying, a century plus old property and one that use to be the church on the other side of the tracks. There is no early history, all the original attendants are long long gone and everything is a mystery...


Here is another mystery! We had thought we could see the roof was chard but wasn't positive if it was just mold or a fire. We made a larger hole in the ceiling and I was able to raise the digital camera up and snap some photos...


Yep we can now conclude with a loss of words, the entire roof was burnt and something bad! This of course adds an WHOLE another level to the restoration plans of the church. It is just a gasp and loss of words. No one knows about this, or how it happened. Some research in a few of the history of Charilton County, tells me at the end of the last century, some nasty tornado's swept threw and then there was two fires. One was in 1882 and struck the west side of Broadway and caused 20,000$ in damage roughly 500k today.


Removal of the breezeway ceiling, shows more darkening of the wood. This project, I will hint at, was not fun!


During demo and before, the ceiling had ceiling tiles on it and of course lath n plaster. This was also one of the man living areas of racoon and squirrels. So you have a ton of poo and also blown in insulation. The smell was horrible! Along with the dust..

At the end, I will probably never know when the fire occurred or how. I can make an educated guess it was during one of the two fires the city seen last century but it really is just guessing. It will add another level of challenge to the restoration as well but its something we can't even focus on, until we get into the parsonage and can start demo'ing out the church more...