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Tine Reynolds wants more information about Cyrus Wheat house

A letter was received this Sunday morning with a number of questions about the Cyrus Wheat house at Montpelier, with a thanks to Steven Weston for writing the notes on the beautiful old home in SE Adair County near the Russell County line and suggests the possibility of a gift shop there.
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Questions about Montpelier from Tine Reynolds

Tine Reynolds asks, "Any connection between this Montpelier and the name of James Madison's estate in Orange Co., VA?"

And she wonders how much today's house is like the original one:

"Is this the original structure of 1844 or just a core of two original rooms with additions like, e.g., White Hall (Cassius Clay's home) and Pleasant Retreat (Gov. Owsley)?"

She also brings to mind the craftsmanship of a one time owner of the property, Ernest Grider. "Some of us who lived near this house in the 1950's and thereafter knew the then-owner Ernest Grider, a very fine cabinet-maker," she writes, "so it would not be surprising that he might have done all kinds of restoration and/or additions," and wonders if he, Mr. Grider, made many changes."

And maybe someone knows the answer to another use for the Montpelier Store Building: "I read someplace that the Montpelier store bldg. was at one time a school - when was that?"

Thanks. Anyone have the answers?

This story was posted on 2014-12-28 03:10:09
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