Back to work at the Bayless House

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Work continues on historic Cassville home Democrat Photo Over the last week, Barry County Historical and Genealogical Society members began installing the duct work for a heating and air conditioning system that will be installed at the Bayless House in Cassville. Historical society members also hope to work on the water and sewer lines and finish two bathrooms at the historic site this summer. In the photo above, historical society member Ted Roller passes pipe to his grandson, Eric Roller, who is assisting with the restoration project.

As local residents head outside to plant gardens and enjoy other spring activities, Barry County Historical and Genealogical Society members will use the warm weather to continue work on Cassville's historic Bayless House.

"We want to get the heating and air conditioning duct work in the walls, work on the water and sewer lines and finish two bathrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs," said historical society member Melvin Lacey. "Those are our main priorities for this year."

Members also plan to complete the reference room and library, which is located on the second floor of the historic home, and continue general repair work on the interior of the structure.

"Bud Lowe's construction crews worked on the house for two weeks in December," said Lacey. "They replaced joists under the floors and portions of the hardwood floors.

"They also completed some electrical and plumbing work and closed in the upstairs rooms with sheetrock," said Lacey. "There are some things that we need done that we need the money to hire construction crews to do. With more donations, we could be through with this project in two years."

In addition to monetary donations, the historical society is looking for volunteers who are interested in donating time to scrape and sand woodwork inside the historic home.

"This is really a vital part of the history of Cassville," said Lacey's wife, Bobbie, who is also a member of the historical society. "Mr. Bayless had a major part in shaping Cassville, and this is a way for us to preserve part of Cassville's history."

When the Bayless House renovation project is complete, the building will feature a large meeting room, a kitchen, historical displays and a reference library. In addition to serving as a meeting location for the historical society, the building will be available to the community for meetings and special events.

The Barry County Historical Society began the Bayless House renovation project in May of 2000.

A special open house event has been scheduled to be held at the Bayless House on April 23. The event will include tours of the historic home and a cemetery dedication.

A special ceremony will also be held to dedicate a pergola and patio that were constructed on the east side of the Bayless House last year. Brant Vaught completed the structures in order to earn his Eagle Scout rank. The pergola and patio will be dedicated to the memory of Vaught's mother, Tricia, who passed away in April of 2008.

For more information, call Georgie Farwell, historical society president, at 271-3521 or Fred Fazzini, treasurer, at 847-4180.

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