Workers get a surprise when they start reroofing an historic four state building.
The roof on old Neosho Colored School in Neosho is being replaced.
But when workers finally got to the bottom layer, they found the original wooden shingles intact as well as cut nails that were used to hammer them in.
The building that served as the first school George Washington Carver ever attended was built back in 1872.
It’s part of a restoration project being done by the Carver Birthplace Association.
“The ultimate goal is to have this restored and preserved to look like it did the day George Washington Carver came her and we’re going to give tours in association and partnership with the George Washington Carver National Monument, and the park rangers there will give tours and interpretive events for the public to see how it was back then” said Kim Mailes, Carver Birthplace Association Chairman.
“It was all done by hand, saws, no electric, no nothing yeah, they worked hard back in them days” said Phillip Camerer, Owner, Camerer Roofing.
Camerer is donating the labor and materials for the project as a way of giving back to the community.
He’s also worked roofing projects of several other area historic buildings like the Ritchie Mansion and the Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage.