::City To Renovate Historic Mordecai Park
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff Reports
Thursday, August 30, 2007
RALEIGH - The Raleigh City Council voted on August 7th to accept a $495,000 bid from Progressive Contracting Company to undergo renovations at the Mordecai Historic Park, which is located in the downtown Raleigh area.
The park features the Mordecai House, originally constructed in 1785. The land was one of Wake County's largest plantations and home to five generations of the same family and the site is also is the birthplace of President Andrew Johnson.
President Johnson was born on December 29, 1808, at the homesite to his parents Jacob Johnson and Mary McDonough. When Johnson was three years old, his father passed away and at the age of ten he was apprenticed to a tailor. However, at the age of sixteen, he and his brother ran away to Greeneville, Tennessee, where he found work as a tailor and later went into politics as an alderman and later as a Senator. Johnson later served as Vice-President and then President when Lincoln was assassinated. He was the first President to be impeached while in office, but was acquitted in the US Senate.
The park's buildings include the first home of President Andrew Johnson, the Badger Iredell Law Office, and St. Mark's Chapel, which the city says is a popular site for weddings.
The city says that the scope of work for this round of renovations includes an exterior renovation of both the Mordecai historic residence and the cure barn.
The work includes lead paint abatement and repainting, structural repairs, replacement of siding and shutters, new roof materials and installation of gutters and down spouts. T
The city says the project will start in late September and be completed in January 2008.
The city says that more renovations at the park are possible if an October 9th bond passes.
The development of an interpretive center at Mordecai Historic Park is part of the $88.6 million bond referendum to be considered by voters on October 9th. ::