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Mon April 14, 2014
W.Va. Barn Demolition Uncovers 19th Century School
A barn demolition project in Mercer County has uncovered a 19th century log school.
Brian Pigg discovered the hand-hewn logs at his barn's core while removing siding. The barn is located on Browning Lambert Mountain in the Montcalm area.
Retired Montcalm High School history teacher Jack Johnson tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the log structure was once known as the Mullins School.
Pigg says the demolition project is on hold while he determines his next step. He wants to find out whether the logs are American chestnut.
A fungal disease nearly wiped out the American chestnut between the early 1900s and the mid-1950s.