A piece of Muskingum County history is in need of funds.
A portion of the Stone Academy’s roof dating back to 1835 is leaking and sagging. Repairing the roof will take $16,000. Thursday, the director of the Pioneer and Historical Society spoke with county commissioners about the project and asked them to contribute $2,000. The project is under the organizations priorities for preservation.
"At the Stone Academy for example not only is it a museum, but it is a repository for a lot of artifacts on display, so we want to take action now to get the roof fixed in the right away to prevent further damage and more costly repairs," said Director of the Pioneer and Historical Society Jim Geyer.
Geyer said there are plenty of other restoration projects on his list that includes installing a new boiler in the Dr. Increase Mathews house, conserving a portrait of Dr. Mathews and repairing a reed organ to working order.
"One of our core beliefs is that knowledge and understanding of our past is a really important part of a successful and healthy community," explained Geyer. "Our mission is to preserve not just the buildings and the artifacts but also the stories."
Those interested in donating to the roof repair fund are asked to call the Pioneer and Historical Society’s Office (740) 454-9500.