Historian’s office rebuilt after storms in April

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TUMBLETON, Ala. (WDHN) — In April, the town of Tumbleton was hit hard by a tornado.

The Henry County historian’s office is located in Tumbleton and was severely damaged.

Well now, the building almost looks brand new.

“I got to finish a little trim around the building and finish the front out there,” Henry County Historian Larry Smith said.

Inside Smith’s office, historical documents and pictures were in danger of being destroyed if they weren’t quickly moved.

The ATTA Library of S.T.E.M. and History in Abbeville came down to help move those items.

“We spent ten days, five to ten volunteers every day,” ATTA Library of S.T.E.M. and History Executive Director Kate Killebrew said. “It was hard work, but it was worth it.”

“They sent some of their people down here, and with some help from some volunteers I had here, got in here and helped pick up everything and put it in boxes and carried it to one of Lester’s buildings,” Smith said.

They’ve been working on reconstruction since the day after the storm hit. Smith is trying to move things back into his office.

According to Smith, without the community’s help, none of this would have been possible.

“My heart just pours out for the volunteer help that I’ve had here,” Smith said. “This is a good community in helping one of their own.”

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