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Civil War graffiti exposed by Va. renovation

Wednesday - 7/10/2013, 4:10am  ET

WOODSTOCK, Va. (AP) -- Often the bane of building owners, graffiti on an historic courthouse in Woodstock is getting some loving attention.

A paint conservator believes the graffiti dates to the Civil War. The graffiti has emerged as the courthouse undergoes a major renovation.

Barbara Adamson is president of the Shenandoah County Historical Society, which hired an architectural historian to examine the Main Street landmark.

Adamson tells the Daily News Record ( soldiers passing through Woodstock stayed in the courthouse. While much of the writing is illegible, one section of wall has a drawing depicting an animal. A label beneath it reads "a leopard."

Adamson said historical society members want to hire a conservator to carry out the painstaking process of uncovering all the writing. One room along would cost up to $12,000.


Information from: Daily News-Record,

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