The McCord’s Cross­roads Homemak­ers Club still hard at work

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The McCord’s Cross­roads Homemak­ers Club and the en­tire com­mu­nity are pulling to­gether to put the fin­ish­ing touches on the 100year Hopewell Build­ing as time ap­proaches for a huge cel­e­bra­tion sched­uled for Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.

Most re­cently, the homemak­ers club mem­bers and other vol­un­teers have spent count­less hours re­fin­ish­ing the beau­ti­ful cen­tury-old pine floors. Sheetrock was re­moved from the au­di­to­rium walls to re­veal the orig­i­nal tongue and groove boards and the sur­prise of a large cov­er­ing of in­sect tun­nels! The club worked tire­lessly clean­ing and sand­ing the walls and ceil­ing to make way for a fresh coat of paint.

Af­ter be­ing granted ti­tled to the build­ing in 2011, the club has made ev­ery ef­fort to pre­serve the his­toric in­tegrity of the build­ing and to honor the work of those mem­bers who built the church in 1916.

When the 1960s pan­el­ing was re­moved from the for­mer Sun­day School rooms, the wide rough sawn boards that were placed di­ag­o­nally were un­cov­ered and have be­come an in­ter­est­ing dis­play fea­ture of the fa­cil­ity.

In ad­di­tion, the homemak­ers have re­lied on the rec­ol­lec­tions of for­mer mem­bers and their fam­i­lies to ver­ify de­tails of the de­sign and fea­tures of the orig­i­nal struc­ture.

“We learned from for­mer mem­bers that the orig­i­nal build­ing fea­tured an un­usual hexagon-shaped raised al­tar that ex­tended into a bay win­dow in the back of the build­ing. Since dam­aged floor­ing in that por­tion of the build­ing had to be re­placed, we tried to mimic the out­line of the al­tar when the new floor­ing was in­stalled. A mod­i­fied ver­sion of the bay win­dow de­sign will be­come an at­trac­tive back-drop for cer­e­monies, wed­dings, and spe­cial oc­ca­sions,” stated Martha Jane Mont­gomery who is chair of the build­ing restora­tion com­mit­tee.

Next on the work sched­ule for the homemak­ers will be re­turn­ing many of the time­worn fix­tures to the build­ing. The orig­i­nal pul­pit is be­ing re­stored by for­mer church mem­ber and club mem­ber Peggy Dempsey, along with mem­bers of her fam­ily. Club mem­bers will be clean­ing and lev­el­ing the orig­i­nal church pews and ar­rang­ing them in the build­ing, as well.

While the work in­side con­tin­ues, land­scap­ing the grounds is also in full swing. Mem­bers of the Chero­kee County Mas­ter Gar­den­ers As­so­ci­a­tion have come for­ward to as­sist with de­sign lay­out and plant­ing the shrub­bery around the build­ing. “Fall is the ideal sea­son for plant­ing shrub­bery and peren­ni­als. We are pleased to be able to of­fer as­sis­tance to the homemak­ers club to help make the grounds of the Hopewell build­ing at­trac­tive for their up­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion,” re­ported mas­ter gar­dener Char­lotte Grimes. Ms. Grimes along with as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Ginny Hol­land helped with the de­sign of the Hopewell land­scape project.

The cel­e­bra­tion ti­tled “Hopewell Cel­e­brates 100 Years” is sched­uled for Satur­day, Novem­ber 12, at 10 a.m. at 7290 County Road 16, Cen­tre. The event in­cludes a home­com­ing ser­vice, build­ing ded­i­ca­tion, open house with a com­pli­men­tary ‘din­ner on the ground’ and is spon­sored by the McCord’s Cross­roads Homemak­ers Club.

ON HAND FOR RE­CENT WORK SES­SION. The homemak­ers club is grate­ful for the fine as­sis­tance of the Chero­kee County Mas­ter Gar­den­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for their fine as­sis­tance with the land­scap­ing project at Hopewell. The mas­ter gar­den­ers are help­ing to make...

PLANT­ING SHRUB­BERY AT HOPEWELL. Chero­kee County Mas­ter Gar­den­ers worked with the McCord’s Cross­roads Homemak­ers Club re­cently plant­ing shrub­bery at the 100-year old Hopewell build­ing. The shrub­bery was do­nated to the project by the mas­ter gar­den­ers....

WORK CON­TIN­UES IN­SIDE BUILD­ING. Work con­tin­ues in­side the 100-year old Hopewell build­ing. Edna Jen­nings, Judy Odom, Martha Jane Mont­gomery are shown clean­ing years of dirt and grime to make way for more clean­ing and seal­ing the build­ing’s orig­i­nal...

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