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A historic log home in Newburgh, Ind., received a much-needed facelift from the remodelers of the Southwest Indiana Builders Association earlier this summer during the group’s annual charitable remodeling project.
Built in the 1840s, the log home was a family homestead in nearby Evansville, Ind., that was donated by the family of Nina Lance of the Lance Cabinet Shop in the 1980s before it was relocated to a site along the Ohio River in Newburgh where it now serves as a historic landmark and is used as a site for public meetings and gatherings and a community farmers market.
“About 10 years ago the log home was given some upkeep, but its age was really showing,” said Ryan Heltsley, of Evansville Garage Doors. “The remodelers council decided to donate time and materials to spruce it up.”
After rescheduling the project twice because of rain, volunteers spent a day in late June restoring the log home — resealing all the logs, rechinking the mortar and restaining the logs and trim.
“Every year we choose a charitable project,” said Heltsley. “We decided this would be a benefit to the community and all the people who visit and appreciate the log home.”
In addition to the annual remodeling project, at Thanksgiving the group organizes, prepares and delivers turkey dinners to needy families in the area and makes a donation to a local charity from money the group raises throughout the year.
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