By Agnes Hapka
July 26, 2013
POINT PLEASANT — Doug Wiant, park ranger at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, said that the time line for work on the Mansion House roof may extend a couple weeks further than originally thought.
“It was supposed to be finished within four weeks after work began, but with the weather issues we’ve been having, it’ll probably go on another three to four weeks,” said Wiant.
The project, which is entirely funded through the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, began on July 8. Its purpose is to waterproof and restore the roof, and strengthen the existing windows.
Notwithstanding weather-related inconvenience, Wiant said that he is pleased with the quality of the work and the conscientiousness of the construction crew.
“The crew has done a great job of keeping everything covered up and protected from the rain,” said Wiant, adding that everyone involved has made sure to keep all alarm and security systems in place and in proper working order as the project continues.
“All security cameras are being kept on throughout the construction period,” Wiant said.
Rick Chambers, construction worker, said that the gable windows in the attic level of the three-storey house have been removed and sent to a shop to be have their frames repaired and strengthened.
“We’re keeping the original glass,” Chambers said. He and the rest of the crew are also working on stripping waterproofing and repairing the roof tiles, and replacing fascia as needed.”
The Mansion House was built in 1796 by Walter Newman, who used one side as a tavern and lived in the other side with his wife and family. It is now owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution and has been preserved as a museum open daily to the public. It contains many of its original fixtures as well as other antiquities from the era.