Rockhill Furnace Work Session: May 22-23, 2004
The sixth Rockhill work session took place Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23. We had 13 volunteers on Saturday and 11 on Sunday.
The FEBT participants were Dave Bulman, Ben Sullivan, Steve Jacobs, Bob Harris, Wade Woodcock, Chris Coleman, Richard Culp, Reggie Arford, Lee Rainey, Charlie Wootton, Tom Kozub, Bob and Bud Goldby, Jim Bacon and Bill Adams.
The first priority was to clean up inside the shops buildings in preparation for the tours on opening day. The caboose work over the winter and the lumber deliveries for various projects had left the shops looking excessively "lived in." Large quantities of scrap from the caboose work were removed, and materials for the shop roof project were taken to safe storage.
Most of the crew then continued the installation of the sheathing and the platform planking on Caboose 28, and also began the preparation of the roof surface.
Jim Bacon led repairs to the brick front wall of the Boiler House. The work is now at the top of the wall above the windows, and the end is in sight.
Richard Culp completed a first round of brush clearance in Jordan Run. This has made a noticeable impact on the stream flow, and has had the side benefit of killing the vines that were threatening the mortar of the brick paint shop.
Chris Coleman led window repairs in the vicinity of the main shop doors, and made a very visible difference in preparation for opening day.
Due to a shortage of volunteers, the Second Annual FEBT Spring Cleanup was unable to proceed.
Our next session will be held June 12-13.
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator