BY O.J. EARLY
The historic Dickson-Williams Mansion now has a glistening new roof.
"All the comments that we've got have been very positive," said Beverly Williams, a member of the board of directors of the Dickson-Williams Historical Association, which oversees and administers the restored 1820s-era showplace residence.
"At this point, we don't know of any leaks," he added. "That's what it's all about."
Construction on the new standing-seam metal roof was completed Friday, Williams said. The new roof, made of non-overlapping metal panels, replaced a 20-year-old cedar-shake shingle roof.
The Greeneville Historic Zoning Commission unanimously issued a Certificate of Appropriateness to the Dickson-Williams Historical Association last fall to replace the aging, and leaking, roof.
Williams told the board then that the roof leaked badly, though no major water damage had resulted from the problems.
The new roof at the North Irish Street location covers the entire building, although initial plans called for only the main building's roof to be replaced.
"Through the generosity of some donors, we've been able to do the whole roof at one time," Williams told The Greeneville Sun in December.
Smucker Builders handled construction of the roof, Williams noted.
"The contractor has been very diligent to make use of all the good weather days that we've had," Williams said.
"I was really worried about it, starting this time of year. But they carried it through and got it completed without any hitches."
The Dickson-Williams Mansion was built in the early 1820s by Greeneville's first postmaster, William Dickson, for his daughter Catharine and her husband, Dr. Alexander Williams.
Among visitors to the now-historic site: Presidents Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk, U.S. Senator Henry Clay and famed frontiersman David Crockett.
Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, a friend of Dr. and Mrs. Williams, spent the last night of his life there.
Morgan, a cavalry officer and raider sometimes known as the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy," was surprised by Union forces early on the morning of Sept. 4, 1864, and killed not far from what is now the motor entrance of the General Morgan Inn.