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Brick wall being restored in Urbanna

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Mickie McCallum and Jessie DeBusk look over the work being done by masons to restore the wall around the Middlesex County Woman’s Club. DeBusk was a member of the club when the wall was originally built in 1940.

Perhaps you noticed the masons working on the brick wall around the Middlesex County Woman’s Club as you passed along Virginia Street in Urbanna. After nearly 75 years, the wall that faces the street is getting a much-needed restoration.

This section is the first phase in the project. Each side will be refurbished as funds become available. The club received a grant from River Counties Community Foundation to help underwrite the cost of this first section.

The Woman’s Club preserves and maintains the building which was the first brick Middlesex County Courthouse and served Middlesex County for over 150 years. It is one of only 11 existing courthouses in Virginia from the Colonial Period. The building is a major site in the historical district of Urbanna, a significant tourist attraction for Middlesex County, and named on both the Virginia List of Historical Sites and the National Register of Historical Places. The building is available for rent for special occasions.

Jack Peet Masonry of Williamsburg is restoring the wall. Interestingly, some of the bricks in this wall were leftovers from the construction of the wall around Christ Church. Both walls and the one around Abingdon Church in Gloucester were constructed about the same time by the same mason and using the same materials.

posted 10.15.2014

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