Gettysburg: Battlefield house undergoes renovations

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The oldest building at the 6,000-acre Gettysburg Battlefield is getting a facelift following years of deterioration.

Gettysburg National Military Park crews began disassembling the historic Patterson House this week in preparation to restore the 146-year-old log home.

“The William Patterson house is the oldest building within the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park,” spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said Thursday. “The building retains a high level of integrity to the historic period. There is a high percentage of original material remaining in this building.”

The project includes foundation work and replacement of approximately 30 percent of the logs in the structure, mainly because the wood has failed.

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