Congressman Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.Va., will speak at a ceremony marking preservation actions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at the historic Jenkins Plantation Museum on Monday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. The museum is located in the Green Bottom Wildlife Management Area of Cabell County and will be closed to the public while the USACE oversees the preservation activity. The USACE owns the property and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History operates the facility.
Jacqueline Proctor, deputy commissioner, and Adam Hodges, director of museums, will be on hand representing the Division, along with members of the Green Bottom Society and representatives of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and the USACE.
Preservation actions include repointing the masonry, roofing work, window replacement and moisture infiltration, among others. The work done is intended to preserve the original characteristics of the house. The USACE anticipates that the project will take 12 to 18 months to complete.
For more information, contact Adam Hodges, director of museums for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 127. Lisa Morgan, project manager for the USACE, can be reached at (304) 399-5545.
The Jenkins Plantation Museum is located on West Virginia Route 2 between Huntington and Point Pleasant. A facility of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the museum is the former home of Confederate Brigadier General Albert Gallatin Jenkins and also interprets the large slave plantation operated by the Jenkins family. The 1835 home, built in the tradition of Tidewater, Va., is noteworthy for its architecture and was built by slaves between 1830 and 1835 for Jenkins’ father, William. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and on the Civil War Discovery Trail.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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