February 2, 2015 - Planning continues for the rehabilitation of the Dan Emmett House, which was nearly destroyed by arson fire in June, 2014. Additional damage occurred in November when high winds peeled back the upper roof and completely removed the lower roof. Excellent repairs were completed quickly and on short notice by Modern Builders, completely enclosing the house to protect it from further damage and winter weather.
This year, 2015, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dan Emmett. It is our sincere hope that the restoration of the house will be completed by August of this year. We as yet do not have a complete report from arson investigators and have only recently received the insurance settlement earlier this year. Nevertheless, we are in the process of obtaining bids from contractors for the restoration of the house.
We are grateful for the donations toward this project which have been received from several area groups and individuals. Those wishing to assist with donations may do so through the website of the Mount Vernon and Knox County Community Foundation, at mvkcfoundation.org.