ACADEMIA - The Tuscarora Academy is getting a face-lift.
The historic building, run by the Juniata County Historical Society and owned by the state of Pennsylvania, is getting its windows re-vamped in an effort to keep its contents safe from moisture.
The structure is nearly 200 years old, built in 1816. It operated as a church until 1849 and later an academy for students until 1912. It then served as a high school until 1916. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
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The Tuscarora Academy in Academia is undergoing some renovations to its windows.
Its contents include an old post office setting, an old doctor's office setting, as well as a typical boarding room for a male and a female student. Various other antiques exist in the structure. The building is only open to the public during the summer months and for special requests.
The preserved building had some leakage in some of its window sills. The Historical Society contacted a contractor, Frank Stroik of The Country Homestead in Kreamer, Snyder County.
"The windows were taking water behind the trim," Stroik said. Several pieces needed replacing with a lime base mortar with linseed. One window unit, he said, was severe while the rest of the windows had moderate leakage.
The contractor had been onsite three to four weeks throughout September and will remain throughout October.
"Eighty-percent of the windows' glazing was removed. We re-glazed them," he said.
Janice Groninger, chairwoman of the properties committee for the society said the last renovation was done 20 years ago.
The work that is being done currently on the structure should be checked again in about 10 years, Stroik said.