Repair fund set up for Armistead

Published 1:05 am Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Armistead House in Plymouth may benefit from contributions earmarked to help pay for repairing its dilapidated roof.

Willie Drye, chairman of the Plymouth Small Town Main Street Committee, said some contributions are in hand, but more are needed to transform the house into a museum featuring African-American history.

Drye said he and April Stotesberry, manager of the Southern Bank & Trust branch in Plymouth, have set up a special account with the bank for donations to repair the structure, also known as the Picot-Armistead-Pettiford House.

“We’ve got to get a new roof on the house as quickly as we can,” Drye said. “And it’s probably going to take a sizable chunk of change to do it.”

Drye said process of getting estimates and figuring out what needs to be done to the house is under way. Discussion about project details will take place at the committee’s meeting Tuesday night. The committee’ work plan for the coming year and the renovation plans for the Armistead House will be part of that discussion.

“Also, our effort to renovate the Picot-Armistead-Pettiford House is getting attention outside of Plymouth as well,” he said. “WUNC radio will be doing a story about our effort to turn the house into an African-American history museum.”

WUNC producer, Will Michaels, informed Drye the story would air sometime after 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Drye has set up an e-mail account for Plymouth’s Small Town Main Street program at

Anyone wanting make a contribution should sent it to Fix the Roof, c/o Southern Bank & Trust, 612 Washington St., Plymouth, NC 27962. Checks should be made payable to Fix the Roof Fund.

Checks drawn on the account will require both Drye’s signature and Stotesberry’s signature.