May 21--A home that has been in Grayson County for nearly 170 years will get some much-needed TLC in the coming months, thanks in large part to fundraising efforts at Denison'sFrontier Village museum and matching grant money from a local fraternal organization. The 1847-built Lankford Home -- the former residence of one of the county's first commissioners -- will become the fifth historic building at Frontier Village to see a major renovation in the last two years.
"The Lankfords lived here in the Denison area," explained Linda Miller, one of the museum's volunteers. "It's one of the few houses (from that era) that has closets, because if you had a closet it was counted as an extra room and you'd pay taxes on it. ... But the house is literally falling apart."
The home was built by William T. Lankford, who was responsible for the creation of a commerce road between Grayson County and Shreveport, La. After the road was complete, Lankford used oxen to haul lumber from the Pelican State to complete his home, which would remain in his family for the next 124 years.
Since being relocated to Frontier Village, the house has slowly fallen into a state of disrepair, with chipped paint leading to board rot on major sections of the home's siding. Elsewhere on the structure, doors hang askew and roof leaks are apparent.
The Frontier Village Board of Directors approved using $2,500 that was raised during the museum's 5k Dash Through the Past last April to rehab the house, an amount that will be matched by the local chapter of Modern Woodman of America, a fraternal organization. Miller said they plan to scrape and repaint the home, along with various other repairs.
"Most of these houses were standing at the time of the Civil War," said Miller. "We'll do what we can with volunteers, but it will depend on the bids as to how much it's going to cost."
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