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LHC adopts Carter house

LHC adopts Carter house
LHC adopts Carter house
Members of the 2012-13 Leadership Harrison County class take advantage of nice weather Saturday to work on the grounds of the Carter house near the Leora Brown School in Corydon. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor (click for larger version)

While many property owners took advantage of Saturday’s nice weather to work on their yards and other outdoor projects, a group of people were busy tackling a neglected home site in Corydon.
Renovation of the house once owned by an African-American Civil War veteran has been nearly non-existent since the dwelling was relocated nearly eight years ago to Hill Street near the Leora Brown School.
‘I’m encouraged,’ Maxine Brown said of the work being done by the Leadership Harrison County class of 2012-13. ‘They’re coming up with great ideas.’
Brown purchased the house that was once owned by Leonard Carter and raised funds to purchase the lot and have the house moved from nearby Floyd Street to across the street from the Leora Brown School that Maxine Brown bought and refurbished. Her aunt, Leora Brown, was an early teacher at the school; Carter was a patron of the school. The goal is to incorporate the Carter house with the one-room schoolhouse as a cultural/community center.
Carter, who was born in 1845 in Floyds Knobs, settled in Harrison County in 1864 after being wounded in a Civil War battle. He died in 1905.
‘We hope to make (the Carter house) more eye-appealing,’ Lisa Brown, a member of the LHC class, said. ‘We’ll be building some steps and a walkway.’
On Saturday, the group also was clearing vines and creating a garden in front of the single-story dwelling’s porch. Flower bulbs found in the process will be replanted in the garden.
Other members of the Leadership Harrison County class are Lisa Austin, Missy Berry, Hollis Bruce, Karen Dubree, Nick Evans, Vince Garmon, Derrick Grigsby, Thomas Kessinger, Garth Kimmel, David Meek, Andy Pappano, Kelli Perkins, Roxxan Rowland and Tracy Webber.
‘It’s taken everybody, all of our collaboration and ideas,’ to make progress on the project, including some help from spouses of the class members, Lisa Brown said.
The group has received several donations of material for the project, including six tons of gravel from Earth First, use of a skid steer from Deere Country Equipment, grass seed and straw from Earth Images and use of a compact from A.C. Rental.
‘We’re also trying to make use of what we have to keep expenses down,’ Lisa Brown said. ‘Weather permitting, we will go back next Saturday to finish stairs, grass seed, etc.’
The Leadership Harrison County class hopes to get other groups involved in the renovation project.
Maxine Brown said there are three rooms to the Carter house that will need work before the house can be open to the public.
‘Not much will need to be done to the walls; just stripped and painted,’ she said. ‘The floors, I think, will need to be sanded and refinished.’
The kitchen, however, is deteriorated. Brown speculates it will likely need a new floor and may need the chimney located between it and another removed. Some plumbing and electrical work also will be needed.
Anyone who would like to help with the renovation project or has questions can call the Leora Brown School at 738-3376 and leave a message for Maxine Brown.