Volunteers needed to remove Langford-Nord house siding

Blythewood Historical Society members Frankie McLean, left, Carolyn Lomas, Margaret Kelly and Doris Coleman behind the Langford-Nord house where some of the building’s siding has already been removed. | Barbara Ball

BLYTHEWOOD – A major restoration is taking place in town and The Blythewood Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help with it.

The Society members will be removing the 1970s metal siding from the historic Langford-Nord House, which is home to the Blythewood Historical Society and Museum (BHSM).

“Come help be part of a real life makeover,’ Society President Doris Coleman said. “We want to reveal the original c.1904 wood siding on this historic house and make it the new face of the building. Removing the siding will allow for the needed repairs to the trim and for the old siding to be properly prepared and repainted.” 

The siding removal event is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at 100 McNulty Rd. in Blythewood. 

“We will have socially distanced practices in place for this event,” Coleman said. 

This will be a work event and volunteers are requested to bring gloves and hammers and to wear closed-toe shoes. Volunteers will be required to sign a waiver.  Please contact the Society at 803-333-8133 or email at [email protected] no later than Friday, April 16, to let her know that you plan to participate. 

“We look forward to the town’s citizens assisting us in removing the siding so that we can repair, restore, and preserve one of the important and iconic historical buildings in the Town of Blythewood,” Coleman said.

“The exterior repairs to the historic Langford-Nord House are largely funded by the Richland County Conservation Commission and we thank them for their support.  However, the grant does require a match by the Museum.  As a non-profit organization, we are seeking donations to assist us to continue the important work at the Museum of collecting, preserving and displaying the history of Blythewood,” Coleman said.  “We are, therefore, requesting that if you cannot help as a volunteer, that you consider donating to the BHSM. Donations can be dropped off at the Museum during normal business hours, Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 – 3:30 or mailed to: BHSM, PO Box 886, Blythewood, SC 29016. 

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