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Historic Spencer House gets much needed face-lift

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The dining room in the historic Spencer House is practically frozen in time. Most of the original furniture still sits in place inside the Neo-Classical home. William Henry Spencer was born in Columbus and later became the first superintendent for black schools in Muscogee County.

"His family moved in this house in 1912 and since that time the house has been turned over to Owlettes for maintenance," Eva Smith said.

The house on Veterans Parkway was given to the school board in the 1970's. It is now the responsibility of a restoration committee aimed at refurbishing historically rich home.

"The building looks so bad here on the corner. It just wasn't kept up and it needs some repairs on it," Hutman Upshaw said.

Though he didn't graduate from Spencer High School, retired contractor Hutman Upshaw is pitching in to help restore the house. Upshaw is offering his services at an affordable price for the restoration committee, but he says it's not enough.

"They still need help from Spencer grads, Carver grads or from out of town," Upshaw said.

The house has two bathrooms and five bedrooms, one for each of William Spencer's daughters. The restoration committee is looking to raise money to finish the repairs being made to the outside of the house.

So far, the group has raised $10,000 and their goal is to raise $10,000 more in the next month.

"They are priming, they are going to paint it we have spindles that need to be repaired or replaced and a lot of carpentry work on the outside," Smith said.

For more information on how you can help restore the Spencer House, check out its Facebook page.

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