Historic Home Under Restoration

KERBY, Ore. — One of the oldest wood frame houses in Josephine County is getting a big makeover, thanks to $20,000 in donations and grants.

A two-story house at the Kerbyville Museum is getting seven layers of old paint scraped and sanded off, and a bright new coat of white and green paint applied.

This caps several years of work to rescue the building that was built in 1880, and includes a new front porch and windows. Since some of the oldest paint is lead-based, they have to dispose of it more carefully.

Kerbyville Museum Director Dennis Strayer says the painting should be done in about a week, and then they may have a community celebration. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.