Restoration work continues on Kump Center

The Kump Education Center is in the midst of undergoing a facelift as part of the institution’s 10-year initiative to revamp the facility for educational purposes.

Middle Fork Builders are working on the restoration of the historic home this summer.

The current restoration project began July 8 and is focused on replacing much of the wood on the upper and lower back porches, the siding on the exterior of the building and the rotten floor framing. Some of the areas are being insulated as well.

The restoration project has been ongoing since 2009, with some work done to the roof in 2010, some masonry work in 2011 and window restoration in 2012.

This portion of the restoration is being sponsored by the John Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolutionin Randolph County, or DAR, which gave the center a $10,000 grant to be matched by the Kump Education Center.

The center hosts many fundraisers and other activites to scare up the money necessary every year to keep the restoration project going. One fundraiser, the Fair at the Crossroads, is a celebration of West Virginia’s 150 years of history; it features children’s arts tents, live music, food, local artisans, a special pie auction and antique dolls and toys.

The Kump Center was previously the home of former West Virginia Gov. H. G. Kump who served from 1933-1937. Kump raised six children and housed several nieces and nephews in the estate, as well as hosting distinguished guests, such as then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The estate was completed in 1925 and was turned over to the City of Elkins in 2008.

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