Liberia Restoration

A stream water restoration project has begun on the grounds of Liberia.  Click here for more information.

The kitchen received a major upgrade to give the space a fresh, new look and provide a working area that staff can use during events and tours.  For this project, all old fixtures were removed and new cabinets, countertops, and recessed lighting installed.  The modern floor was taken up to expose the original floor underneath and then sealed to provided a beautiful look.  All missing woodwork and trim were replicated by hand, put back in place, and the entire space given a fresh coat of paint.  Finally, the exterior door was made functional and a set of temporary stairs added outside to complete the look.
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Wall behind sink[1] - Copy  (top) peeling ceiling in Liberia's kitchen before restoration
(above) original lath behind the sink 

Work on the second-floor bathroom area was completed. In this space all modern wiring and plumbing features that could be removed were taken out.  Flaking paint was gently removed from the walls, uncovering what may turn out to be another piece of Civil War graffiti.  Contractors also removed all of the modern features on the wall that separates this space from the hallway, and replaced the badly damaged ceiling with a modern look that reproduces what the Weirs would have seen.  During this last bit of work, several objects were discovered above the ceiling including a check signed by Anna Portner and an old Ginger Ale bottle.  Check out the article in the Word From The Junction newsletter to learn more.

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(left) a bathroom wall after restoration (right) a sub floor with hand hewn joists

A major addition was added to our outdoor amenities with the completion of an amphitheater. This Eagle Scout project adds a much needed new feature to our grounds. You can find it near the Weir Family cemetery below the house.

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Trail Installation
Eagle Scout candidates, Girl Scout award candidates and any other groups interested in extending the trail should contact or call 703-368-1873.

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Previous work includes:
  • Wall repair and painting
  • Structural repairs to floors, joists, and the stairwell
  • Garden installation
  • Well and garage removal
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All sales of Manassas, A Postcard History, and Liberia Plantation, Sentry of the Ages benefit the Liberia Restoration Fund. See never before published images and enjoy some surprising stories about Liberia and Manassas at Echoes, the Museum Store or online.

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