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Utzman-Chambers House getting ready for OctoberTour

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JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Bud Mickle applies a fresh coat of paint on the picket fence in front of the Rowan Museum's Utzman Chambers house on South Jackson Street on Thursday in advance of the upcoming October Tour.  Thursday, September 15, 2016, in Salisbury, N.C.

JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Bud Mickle applies a fresh coat of paint on the picket fence in front of the Rowan Museum’s Utzman Chambers house on South Jackson Street on Thursday in advance of the upcoming October Tour. Thursday, September 15, 2016, in Salisbury, N.C.

SALISBURY — There are lots of things a person can do on a pleasant Thursday. An industrious person, in fact, can probably find an odd job or two that needs doing.

That’s what Bud Mickle did. He spent time applying a fresh coat of white paint on the picket fence in front of the Utzman-Chambers House on South Jackson Street.

It wasn’t busy work, though.

The circa 1815 Federal townhouse — built by Jacob Stirewalt and one of the few surviving Federal period townhouses in the Piedmont — is owned by Rowan Museum and operated as a museum open to the public. It’s also a mainstay on the annual OctoberTour of historic homes, which this year takes place Oct. 8 and 9.

So when visitors to house take note of the crafstmanship that went into construction and the dedication that spurred its restoration, they might also stop a moment and admire how clean and white the picket fence is.

And for  that, they’ll have Bud Mickle — who spent a pleasant Thursday in mid-September getting the fence that way — to thank.

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