Fundraising to Purchase Phelps-Tavernner Home

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11/11/2014 4 P.M.

In August, we told you the Wood County Historical Preservation Society planned to buy the historic Phelps-Tavernner home near Camden Avenue from its current private owners.

The society is seeking grants, and is in the middle of a public fund-raising drive, including a public auction later this month.
And one of its members has issued a donation challenge.

"One of our members made a $5,000 challenge grant; they will match any donations up to $5,000," says society president Bob Enoch. "So that's going to be a big advantage to us."

That auction will be held Friday, November 21, at 3 P.M. at the Parkersburg City Park Pavillion.

The society wants to operate a geneology center from the home.

It was where plans were finalized for the mapping of Parkersburg and Wood County in the 1800's.

Original Story: 8/19/2014

Historians say it's where Wood County began.

And they want to make sure it remains a historic landmark.

The Tavenner Home off Camden Avenue is on the National Register of Historic Places, but it has been in the hands of residential owners.

The Wood County Historical and Preservation Society would like to buy the home, where plans for the establishment of Parkersburg and Wood County were finalized.

Hugh Phelps, one of those involved in the county's founding, built the home in the early 1800's.

Several families have owned and kept up the former brick house over the years.

Now the preservation society is trying to raise $55,000 to buy the home

"This is where it all began. Hugh Phelps built the home around 1810, and to think he, Captain James Neale and many early important people in Wood County were in this house. It's just a no-brainer that it needs to be saved," says Bob Enoch, President of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society.

Enoch says the historical society wants to operate the home as a center for genealogy.

It hopes to close on a deal to purchase the home by the end of this year.

It has raised part of the purchase cost from grant money and hopes to get donations from area businesses.

But the historical group is also holding some public fundraisers this summer and fall to get the rest of the money.

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