The old boat will be transformed into a new, permanent
outdoor exhibit relating experiences of the families who lived upon these
unusual vessels. These unadorned, wooden, one-room
“houses” on simple boxed hulls seem to have been around
as long as people lived along America's rivers.
The 10’ x 34’ Schoonover shanty boat was located on
dry land and without its original hull along the shore of the Muskingum above
Restoration and stabilization plans started last fall. In the spring, crews donated by Dave Lapp of Dave's Landscaping of McConnelsville
lifted the boat and rebuilt the floor, materials for which were donated by Schilling
Truss Company of Beverly.
This summer more work was done to stabilize the boat
for transport and do temporary repairs to the roof.
On Wednesday, Rusty Brown of B & B Petroleum
provided a truck and trailer for the 25-mile haul down Route 60 to Marietta,
and Duke Energy provided a forklift and manpower.
Next week, more donors - Dye Concrete, Greenleaf
Landscaping and Smith Concrete - will create a concrete pad for the project.
Final restoration will take place once the boat is set
on its foundation.
As always, community volunteers are welcomed and needed. If you’d like to
help, contact Jean Yost at (740) 678-8060.