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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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trifeloco2012 April 23 2014 at 9:40 AM

Cool ;-)

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keithdelliott April 23 2014 at 12:50 PM

The incomplete and inadequate story says NOTHING about how or why he determined that it was an old schoolhouse. The photo shows an old students desk, but not from the early 1800s. Did they find a chalkboard? Looks like a barn to me, Mr. Pigg.

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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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jcjc128 April 23 2014 at 12:52 PM

maybe the whole building can be moved somewhere

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blo2thehead April 23 2014 at 9:15 AM

Remember the past...we have no future.

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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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brunos1pal April 23 2014 at 12:56 PM

who are we to say what he can do with his property? If you want to save it buy it from him and put it in your yard

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neutralslamm April 23 2014 at 12:59 PM

Not a good idea to tell the press, the federal govt. may claim the land.

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bjredmond64 April 23 2014 at 1:00 PM

wow, call henry ford museum in detroit. i would hate to see it destroyed.

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Dennis Twohy April 23 2014 at 1:06 PM

A wonderful find, but with this economy which is intentionally destroyed who can aford to memorialize this find. I truly pray that someone out there wants to take on the job to save a part of history.

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