What's Really Behind Those Old Walls?

Harrington Schoolhouse Project Update
Amy Roberts, Ex. Dir, St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition
Greg Jacobs, Project Manager, Tidewater Preservation
Mrs. Isadora Hunter, former student who donated land to preserve the schoolhouse
Scott McQuade, President and CEO of Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau
Patty Deveau, President, the Friends of Harrington School, Inc.

On Thursday, December 13, 2012 supporters of the historic Harrington Graded School on St. Simons Island, GA had a chance to see for themselves what's really behind the old walls and under the floorboards of the old schoolhouse when the general contractor Tidewater Preservation (www.tidewaterpreservation,com) conducted investigations to determine exactly what it will take to restore the historic building. Project Manager Greg Jacobs answered questions about the materials and techniques that the African American tradesmen used in the 1920s to build this one room schoolhouse, and about the work his firm will do to restore the building.

"As historic preservation contractors we have a good sense of what went into constructing this building, but until you pull away a board or two you really do not know the exact techniques and craftsmanship which we will need to replicate as part of our restoration," pointed out Jacobs.

Once Tidewater completed their investigations on the 13th, they provided the Friends of Harrington School and the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition with a final cost estimate for the overall restoration ($325,000). "Until we knew the exact overall cost, we were limited in approaching major funders. Our grassroots supporters have been terrific and their support will continue, but to get the job done more cost-effectively and more efficiently by September 2013 we need to also secure major donations," stated Patty Deveau, President of the Friends of Harrington School.