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Man had no idea what he was sitting on

Old 1800s Schoolhouse Discovered

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.

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USS Titanic April 23 2014 at 9:36 AM

time to bring in the expets....they will move it...I'm sure

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ROBERTA L BERT April 23 2014 at 9:21 AM

What a lucky fine. Good luck with your future.

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CHUCK ROBERTA L BERT April 23 2014 at 9:28 AM


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mouse April 23 2014 at 7:01 PM

Why doesn't some historical society offer to buy the thing and move it to one of the historical areas and pay him for the value of the logs less the cost of moving them? That way everyone wins. The building gets preserved, it will go to a place where others can see it without trespassing on his land and he gets an open field.

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rom1a2 mouse April 23 2014 at 7:47 PM

This is my thinking too "

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blo2thehead April 23 2014 at 9:15 AM

Remember the past...we have no future.

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doxihuahua11 April 23 2014 at 3:05 PM

talk about your "barn find"

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Janice April 23 2014 at 9:13 AM

Too bad that Mr. Pigg feels that way about history. It would be nice to see it preserved.

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Brian Hope Janice April 23 2014 at 9:23 AM

Don't you know that in this country, especially among Tea-Party jihadists, ignorance of history is considered a political virtue?

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jrbar7 April 23 2014 at 11:29 AM

My mother taught in a one room school house just west of Menard, Texas called the Palmer School. had about 20-30 students from 1st through 12 grade. Her teaching certificate from a 2 year stint at Texas Tech College in the 20's put her in demand for the rural areas of Texas that served less mobile families in ranching communities. Days gone by...

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nedlam6 April 23 2014 at 11:30 AM

save it.

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nogopea April 23 2014 at 3:00 PM

I would venture to say,Mr Pigg's childhood was unpleasant at the least.Too funny!!!

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gympossum April 23 2014 at 9:10 AM

I bet any student college anthropologists would love to have the opportunity to intern that building this summer with a professor to date that building. Now that would be interesting.

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