Beaufort News

A landmark gets a new lid

Roofers work on the roof of the Verdier House in downtown Beaufort on Monday afternoon. The Federal style mansion built circa 1801by John Mark Verdier, a local merchant and planter.
Roofers work on the roof of the Verdier House in downtown Beaufort on Monday afternoon. The Federal style mansion built circa 1801by John Mark Verdier, a local merchant and planter. JONATHAN DYER | The Beaufort Gazette

The Verdier house on Bay Street in Beaufort continues its transformation. It has been painted, top to bottom, in the past few years and is now getting a new room.

The $60,000 roof comes thanks to a $28,000 S.C. Department of Archives and History grant and the rest from Historic Beaufort Foundation members, said Maxine Lutz, the foundation’s interim director.

Workers began replacing the approximately 25-year-old fire-retardant cedar shingle roof last week with a new roof made of the same material, approximating what the building would have had when built. The roof should be completed by early next week.

“We had very generous support from our members,” Lutz said. “It was high time for replacement.”

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