Local group working to restore historic properties and create tourist attractions in North Augusta


KIM: DOZENS OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES IN NORTH AUGUSTA WON’T BE AROUND MUCH LONGER IF THEY DON’T GET SOME T-L-C SOON. A NEWLY FORMED ORGANIZATION IS HOPING TO BRING NEW LIFE TO THE OLD STRUCTURES. NEWSCHANNEL 6’S STEFANY BORNMAN HAS THE STORY. STEFANY LL: THE CARRIAGE HOUSE, HERE ON GEORGIA AVENUE, USED TO BE A BIG ATTRACTION IN NORTH AUGUSTA. BUT OVER THE YEARS, AS YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME, IT’S JUST BEEN FORGOTTEN. WELL HISTORIC NORTH AUGUSTA IS OUT TO PRESERVE THIS PROPERTY AND THE HUNDREDS OF HISTORICAL LANDMARKS ACROSS THE CITY. MARK NEWELL/ SECRETARY OF HISTORIC NORTH AUGUSTA “WE HAVE SOME SEVERAL HUNDRED HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND ONE-BY-ONE THEY ARE DISAPPEARING.” STEFANY: IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK. THEY WOULD TELL STORIES. MORE THAN 240-YEARS-OLD. STEFANY: THE SOCIETY BUILDING THE FIRST OF MANY RESTORATION PROJECTS HISTORIC NORTH AUGUSTA PLANS TO TACKLE BEFORE THE ELEMENTS DESTROY WHAT’S LEFT OF THE 87-YEAR-OLD YOUNG MEN’S UNION SOCIETY. MILLEDGE MURRAY/ PRESIDENT OF NORTH AUGUSTA HERITAGE COUNCIL “THEY WERE YOUNG MEN THAT MET TOGETHER AS A GROUP TO MAKE SURE ALL THE RESIDENTS OF HAMBURG GOT A PROPER BURIAL.” STEFANY: WITH ALL THE URBAN DEVELOPMENT GOING UP ON THE RIVERFRONT, THE GROUP SAYS A LITTLE WORK AND SOME ELBOW GREASE, ON THIS STRUCTURE, WILL PROVE VALUABLE FOR THE COMMUNITY. MARK NEWELL/ SECRETARY OF HISTORIC NORTH AUGUSTA “IT ADDS TO THE ECONOMY AND THAT’S WHERE ALL THE NEW BUSINESSES IN TOWN WILL BENEFIT FROM THE PRESERVATION TO THE AREA’S HISTORY.” STEFANY: THE ORGANIZATION ALSO WANTS TO SALVAGE THE CARRIAGE HOUSE. BUT BOTH THOSE RESTORATIONS WILL BE COSTLY. JUST FIXING THE SOCIETY BUILDING WILL RUN ABOUT 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND THE GROUP DOESN’T KNOW HOW MUCH THE CARRIAGE HOUSE WILL COST. ANDY BARNES/ PRESIDENT OF HISTORIC NORTH AUGUSTA “IF WE CAN GET THE ROOF REPAIRED FIRST, THE SIDING AND THE WINDOWS REPAIRED IN THIS BUILDING AND WATERPROOF THE BUILDING. THEN WE CAN GO ON THE INSIDE AND RESTORE IT.” STEFANY: STILL, THEY CAN’T GET TO EVERY PROPERTY. LIKE THE 242-YEAR- OLD CHARLES HAMMOND HOUSE THAT’S CURRENTLY UP FOR SALE. WHILE, THE FUTURE MAY BE UNCERTAIN FOR THIS HOME, THAT’S BEEN AROUND SINCE THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. HISTORIC NORTH AUGUSTA KNOWS THERE’S NO FUTURE WITHOUT A PAST. EDWARD LOTT/ BUSINESS MANAGER OF SIMMONS LODGE “THE MORE YOU DIG, THE MORE YOU LEARN ABOUT IT. SO THAT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT TO KEEP GOING.” STEFANY LL: IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER OF HISTORIC NORTH AUGUSTA OR HELPING PRESERVE ANY OF THESE PROPERTIES WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LINK TO THAT AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE AT WJBF DOT COM. IN NORTH AUGUSTA, STEFANY BORNMAN, WJBF NEWSCHANNEL 6.

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