Today it might be considered a “tiny house,” but 160 years ago the two-room house on Clay Street would have been considered a normal-sized home.
In fact, a family of 10 – who had eight children – lived in what Roanoke College is calling the Wertz Home or the Clay Street House. By fall, area elementary-school children should be able to imagine what family life was like there in the mid-1800s in the Town of Salem.
Roanoke College restored the former eyesore, a falling-down house that Dr. Whitney Leeson, professor of History and Anthropology at the college, gave insight into during a talk at the Salem Museum on Jan. 15.
The college is using period cabin furniture donated by Explore Park, she explained and…