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Onslow Co. Museum, Lowe's volunteers work to restore Pelletier House

By Alison Parker
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:27:28 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 04 2013 06:39:00 PM CDT
JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

Those volunteering through the Lowe's Heroes program have partnered with the Onslow County Museum to restore an important piece of local history.

Throughout September, one of those volunteers, James Barbour, is picking, planting and painting to help renovate the Pelletier House on Old Bridge Street. Built in the 1850s, it's the oldest standing structure in Jacksonville.

"We live here, we work here, let's give back to the community," Barbour said.

Lisa Whitman-Grice with the Onslow County Museum said one might see that little building every day. But its importance to the county is big.

"Never a day passes where someone doesn't say, 'Well tell me about that little house right there,'" Whitman-Grice said. "So it'll be an opportunity for us to really share it."

The Pelletier House used to be an office for a turpentine distillery, a school, a magistrate's office and even a home.

Whitman-Grice is thankful that Lowe's donating nearly $3,000 worth of supplies to spruce up the building and gardens nearby.

"There will be painting that will be completed on the exterior, new landscape timbers that will be put down, and also a new fence will be placed around the Watland Spring," Whitman-Grice said.

Barbour welcomes anyone from the community willing to pitch in to get their hands dirty for a good cause.

"Pick weeds, clean up trash- this is home. Keep home looking beautiful," Barbour said.