Historic Wilson Courthouse Gets Needed Funds For Repairs

A historic courthouse in Wilson damaged by last winter's snowfall and recent summer downpours is getting a much needed renovation.

The Imagination Station Science and History Museum, which is inside the old Wilson County Courthouse, received $25,000 in grants to repair the roof.

Large spots of plaster of the nearly 90-year-old courtroom - where federal court cases were once heard - are falling onto the floor and jury box.

Museum Executive Director Nancy Van Dolsen says the roof is flat and collects large puddles of water that's now seeping through to the ceiling.

Van Dolsen says it's important to preserve the historic buildings around us. "This was the old courthouse and post office building. We're very committed to restoring it. It is a key building in downtown Wilson and many people still remember this courtroom, it operated until the early 1980's and we want to preserve part of our past."

Van Dolsen says the grants will replace the original gravel roof, but that it will take at least a year to repair the plaster.

The money came from individual donors, as well as the Wilson Tourism Authority.