A 19th century one-room schoolhouse believed to be long gone has actually been in plain sight all along.
According to the Charleston Daily Mail, the West Virginian schoolhouse may actually predate West Virginia itself, and would have been better preserved if it wasn't for the fact that it was under the guise of a barn.
The property's owner, Nelson Pigg, became aware of the structure's original use last week while in the process of demolishing the building.
He pulled back a number of sheets of tin and boards from the facing and found old chestnut logs that had been preserved from the elements.
Now Pigg is faced with two questions: First, how old is the schoolhouse? Second, what will he do with it?
Pigg plans on searching the area for any sign of a date, whether it be carvings or an old dated coin.
But as far as the future of the building, he says that chestnut wood is worth good money.
And if the wood's value is greater than its historic value, he might just sell off the logs. Either way, Pigg would like the old schoolhouse removed from his property.