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Woman makes progress in restoring school house more than a century old

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A school house dating back to the 1870's is being restored in Mechanicsville to be used as an antique shop. 

It was moved from Tipton to Mechanicsville last February and since then the owner has been saving up for a new roof and bell tower. 

Today the bell tower was added and the roof was replaced. 

“I got pictures from the historical society of school houses that were close to mine and sent them a picture and that's what they come up with and it looks exact," says owner Vicki Eaton-Jones. 

The school house will eventually be home to Jones' antique shop called "Melon's Primitive Patch and Antiques" which she currently runs out of three rooms in her home.

“Being able to host dinners I miss that because there is no room in my house right now I miss that," Jones tells us. 

As a single mom it hasn't been easy. 

"Kept saving with my multiple jobs and through Christmases you know," Jones says. 

There's still plenty more work to be done. 

“Next I'll be taking the garage door out of the back and filling that wall in and putting in new windows and then a new door and framing it for electrical," Jones says. 

But her dream is coming together piece by piece. 

“I've been overwhelming blessed, over, it's just been wonderful, can't talk," she told us. 

Jones says she has had a lot of support from people who have offered to help or even donated items for the school house. 

Her goal is to have it finished within three years. 

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