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Magistrate questions saving historic house

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By Randy Patrick

County Magistrate Keith Metcalfe has questioned whether an old house on the Wickland property is worth the cost of restoring after arsonists burned it last summer.

The two-story brick house, built in the 1820s, sits beside Wickland, home of three 19th century governors who were from the same family. The county bought the Wickland property from heirs of the family about 20 years ago for $2 million.

During Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting, County Engineer John Greenwell suggested hiring a professional service company to give an estimate on the work.


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