Appomattox Co., VA - Everyone told him to tear it down, but he refused. Now, an Appomattox man has fully restored a 19th century home in Appomattox County. It was once the home of Judge Crawley. Friday, we got a tour.
The Jamersons bought the house five years ago and have been working on it ever since - and they had quite a job on their hands.
"They don't build them like this anymore, and it would be a shame to let it deteriorate," said Donnie Jamerson.
Donnie Jamerson could see the potential in the house when no one else could.
"It was unbelievable," said Tammy Jamerson.
"I thought he'd lost his mind," said Drema Jamerson.
The problem wasn't the outside of the home, it was the inside.
"They said you could never clean it up. It was just too dirty and it smelled," said Donnie.
Donnie's wife Drema said it smelled so bad you had to wear a mask to set foot in it.
"I lost my stomach several times," said Drema.
"You actually threw up?" we asked.
"Yes," said Drema.
The home's previous owner couldn't care for the home and left it cluttered and in need of some serious TLC.
"There were cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceiling,"said Donnie.
So, Donnie got to work.
"I replaced the floors, the walls, the ceiling," said Donnie.
Anything that wasn't ruined, he left intact. The light fixtures were left untouched as well as the old bathtub upstairs.
"I found this at an antique shop in Rustburg," said Drema.
His wife, Drema, furnished it appropriately.
"We wanted older furniture for the older house," said Drema.
After years of hard work, the 1868, four bedroom home is just like new.
"They told me it can't be done, but I showed them. I did," said Donnie.
After all that work, the Jamerson's don't know what to do with the house. So, they put it up for sale. But Donnie tells us he'll only sell it to someone who can appreciate its history.