(01/19/2010)

Historic Arnold-Edwards house (right) could be torn down

The Arnold family, Calhoun early-comers, could be losing a house in Weston from which they sprang.

The Village of Arnoldsburg is named for one of the Arnolds who came to Calhoun from the Lewis-Gilmer area.

A fight is on to save the historic Arnold-Edwards house, which reposes next to the Lewis County courthouse.

It was the home of the man who helped create the state of West Virginia when it seceded from Virginia - George Jackson Arnold.

The Lewis County Commission is considering demolishing the home to build a courthouse annex to house magistrate's court, the health department and other offices, and a parking lot.

Lewis County resident Brenda Reed says that would be "most disastrous."

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Agency, Reed calls the home next door to the courthouse "a living link to a unique event in American history."


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