Brian Davis

Restoring Historic Main Street Home An Upwardly Moving Experience

Restoring Historic Main Street Home An Upwardly Moving Experience

— Old coins usually turn up in between couch cushions or under car seats. Or if you are renovating an old house, in the door frame of an 18th-century home.

During the removal of doors at the historic Thomas Hale Homestead, which dates back to the 1700s, workers found several pennies — an Irish Copper halfpenny dating to 1766 and a U.S. copper penny minted in 1787. Jonathan Russell, chairman of the building committee transforming the Main Street home into a new chapel at First Curch of Chirist Congregational, said it was a common practice to bury a coin dated in the year the house was completed in a door frame.

"It was a penny designed by Benjamin Franklin,"...

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