John Wright and the Plummer House

Traill County Historical Society board president John Wright stands in front of the Plummer House, the Hillsboro landmark that will be undergoing nearly $160,000 in restoration efforts over the next two years. 

John Wright admits the latest restoration effort for the Plummer House may be its most ambitious to date.

But the Traill County Historical Society board president says the nearly $160,000 price tag will ensure Hillsboro residents can appreciate the 124-year-old building for decades to come.

TCHS is kicking off a new fundraising campaign to restore the Plummer House’s Dutch eaves and repair and replace the roof with metal sheeting similar to the style it was originally built with.

“This is the largest capital expenditure we’ve done on the house in the past 50 years,” Wright says. 

“This is going to bring the house back to about 99 percent restored to its original condition.”

Wright says the project has been a long time coming.

While the Plummer House has had its roof replaced twice in the previous 25 years, Wright says significant rot has been found in portions of the building’s rafters, which needs to be torn out.

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