Historic Virginia House Gets Funds for Quake Repairs

May 21, 2012

A foundation working to repair earthquake damage at a historic home in Culpeper County is getting help from the federal government.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to provide nearly $750,000 to help pay for repairs to Salubria. The Germanna Foundation will have to raise $250,000 for the repairs, which will cost $1 million.

Architectural historian Doug Harnsberger tells The Free Lance-Star that the earthquake damaged two chimneys. Bricks that fell off the chimneys damaged eight rafters in the attic.

The foundation also plans to put a new shingled roof on house.

The 1757 Georgian-style house was built for the widow of Colonial Gov. Alexander Spotswood.

Foundation executive director Karen Quanbeck says the repairs are expected to be completed around June 1.

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