Bluffton working to restore freedman's home

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) - A Beaufort County town is renewing its efforts to restore a historic freedman's house.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head ( ) reports Bluffton is working to restore the Garvin House, the oldest-known cabin owned by a freed slave along the May River.

The town has set a Jan. 20 deadline to receive bids to develop a preservation plan. Town Historic Preservation Society president Nick Maxim says the cabin is at the top of the society's list for preservation.

Five years ago officials got rid of termites in the cabin, covered it with a tarp and heavy beams were put up to support it.

The town hired a Charleston consultant to develop a preservation plan costing up to $345,000. The plan stalled then because of a lack of money.

Information from: The Island Packet,

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