May 9, 2007 Edition

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Rail-Trail Committee Chair Lewis Slaughter (far right) leads a meeting of the committee on Thursday afternoon, following an announcement that the project has received a $40,000 grant. Committee members listening include (from left) Brett Cooper, Craig Stone and Michelle Rogers.
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Powhatan Courthouse
renovation complete

Amber Adams
Staff Writer

After two years, renovation of the Powhatan Courthouse is complete. The $1.4 million project, which began in 2004, was completed earlier this year. Everything in the courthouse has either been restored or replaced, from floor to ceiling.

Restorations and renovations are as near to original as possible. The building's original floors have been replaced with yellow pine from 1888. The pressed tin ceilings were taken down to the second layer of paint, which fits the time. Several other items such as the dumb waiter, clerk's desk, judge's bench and jury chairs have also been restored.

During the renovation, workers discovered a sign on a wall on top of the original layer of paint. It has since been restored and is on display in the courthouse.

The Powhatan Historic State Park includes several buildings in addition to the courthouse. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

To schedule tours or for more information, call the park at 870-878-6765.

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