WHITE OAK — The month of January is expected to be an important one for those associated with Harmony Hall Plantation, the historical and iconic 1760 home built by Col. James Richardson.
Two major projects will take the next step in the process of making them a reality.
Up first will be the replacement of the plantation home’s old and damaged roof. According to Seth Lewis, a director with the Harmony Hall Committee, the roof has been in need of replacing for quite some time.
“Harmony Hall is scheduled to get a new wooden-shingle roof during the first two weeks of January,” he said.
Lewis added that the cost for the new roof will hover around $10,000 — and grants will hopefully offset that cost. But he also said monetary contributions are being accepted.
The western cedar shingles for the roof are being produced in Canada.
“Once we get that behind us, we can start taking care of some other things around the house,” Lewis said.
The second major project is an effort to have the new Cape Fear River bridge at Tar Heel named for Richardson — and the Harmony Hall Committee is looking for several letters of support from Richardson descendants and area civic organizations.
Lewis said the cost for the application, paid through the North Carolina Department of Transportation, to name the bridge is $1,000.
“We are getting by with one-half the current cost of $2,000 since we had already started the process,” Lewis said.
Lewis added that $150 has already been received toward the application fee from the public. And during its regular December meeting, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to support the Harmony Hall Committee’s efforts to name the bridge for Richardson.
The Harmony Hall Board of Directors will vote on each project during its January meeting.
Anyone with questions about the plantation property, either project or how donations can be made should call Bobby Lewis at 910-874-4011 or Seth Lewis at 910-770-3132.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.