Originally created 08/21/05

Furnishings are restored to historic house

After more than a century, some pieces of furniture have found their way back to the Lamar House.

Original furnishings such as chairs, two footstools and a sofa have been returned to the Lamar House, the boyhood home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Lamar (1857-1916) and now the headquarters of Historic Augusta.

The furniture was willed to the organization by Mary Lou Bussey, a descendant of Ferdinand Bowdre Phinizy, who owned the Lamar House after the Lamars moved in 1875, according to Erick Montgomery, the executive director of Historic Augusta.

"We got the furniture about two or three weeks ago," he said.

The furniture is among several donations to the organization that operates the Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson, which is next to the Lamar House.

Another donation that could end up in the Wilson house is a five-piece silver tea set dating from 1814. The set has been appraised at $7,000.

Marcia Stille, of Lakeland, Fla., donated the set. Her family is from Waynesboro, Ga.

Several old books also have been donated to the Wilson house. "We need them in the pastor's study," Mr. Montgomery said.

Wilson's father was the pastor at First Presbyterian Church. A well-read man, the pastor would have spent a lot of time in the study.

"We need a lot more (books)," said Mr. Montgomery. "It is really nice if they are pre-1870."

In addition to restoring the Lamar House, Historic Augusta officials are preparing for the organization's annual fund-raiser, which will be held in September

The benefit auction, called Perfectly Aged: Antiques and Wine, will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Enterprise Mill event center.

There will be a preview of antiques, wine-tasting and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. An auction featuring Ronald Long, of Charlton Hall Galleries in Columbia, will begin at 8 p.m.

This is the second year the fund-raiser has been an auction. The organization held an antiques show and sale for 11 years before changing the format.

"Last year was the first and it was very successful," Mr. Montgomery said .

The auction will feature 30 antiques and 10 hard-to-find wines.

The event raised about $60,000 last year.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

If you go

What: Perfectly Aged: Antiques and Wine

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29

Where: Enterprise Mill event center, 1450 Greene St.

Cost: $75phone: 724-0436


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