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Andrew Jackson Tavern – Restoration

Restoration Moves Along

The roof has been raised and stands as well as it ever did. Next on the list was to repair the weatherboarding on the sides of the building. The same question came up as it did with the roof -- how much of the old material could be saved and how much new material was required.

Watch the video and see how the tavern progresses and begins to take on a new look.

Andrew Jackson Tavern Restoration Continues

Take the photo tour, too . . .


When Colonel was looking over the building, he noticed areas where repairs and changes had been made over the years.  There was evidence that boards had been replaced on the lower portion of the building since round nails had been used. Towards the top were square nails. Colonel likes to refer to it as an “archeological dig” when examining the construction more closely.


Payton leads the discussion on their next moves.

Front of Tavern


The boards are an old clapboard common to the time period. A portion of it remained on the building, while the rest had been replaced. Payton has several barns full of material he has reclaimed over the years . . . he doesn’t throw anything away. He had a good supply of yellow poplar boards from a nearby 1800s Greek Revival home that would work perfectly for the tavern. Insulation would be a necessary addition, although, Colonel realizes this is not consistent with the period; he occasionally acquiesces to modern conveniences.


There was little paint left on the existing boards, which made it easy to bring them back to their natural state.  The front and sides of the building will get a new paint job; however, the back will retain a more rustic look.

Back of Tavern


Looking at the back of the tavern, some of the original boards could be salvaged, and more of the reclaimed weatherboarding was used to finish it off.  The boards were pressure-washed to remove the old paint, then covered with a sealant giving the back a rustic, more natural look.


Once the siding was complete on the back, space was cut out for the windows that will be constructed by hand.

Main Floor


Now it’s time to tackle the floor. Colonel was amused by the layers of flooring that had been added over time . . . especially the orange shag carpeting. As he pulled up the layers, the poplar wood floor saw the light of day again after many decades.


With a good cleaning and pressure washing, the floor was a nice surprise as it revealed a beautiful vintage look. The walls, too, had a vintage appeal, though they may see a new layer of paint in the near future.


The front door appeared to be a smaller door than the original based on an addition to the frame. Looking at it more closely, Payton noticed a piece of hickory wood on the bottom of the frame, which he considered rare to find. This time around, the door will be replaced with one of original size; once again, with a door from Payton’s reclaimed collection.  The paint was stripped off the new door, and the natural look fit the rustic tavern perfectly.

Second Floor


Payton stains the beams with a coat of linseed oil as he gets ready to install the second floor.


Reclaimed poplar wood boards are installed for the second floor.


The second floor beams with new life.


Standing on the second floor looking towards the front of the building and stairs. Soon, there will be a view to the outside.

Getting Ready for Windows


Corey is shown working on the side of the building where a door had been installed at some point taking the place of a window. This was evident by the changes in the frame and in the wood. It will now become a window again.



Once the siding was finished, spaces were cut out for new windows.  In the same tradition as the rest of the building, Colonel and his team came up with materials to fit with the time period. It’s no small feat to match a 19th century window.