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Unexpected discoveries literally uncovered at Millard's Crossing Historic Village

Unexpected discoveries literally uncovered at Millard's Crossing Historic Village
Updated: Sep. 6, 2018 at 6:37 PM CDT
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A large chamber discovered under the original floor perplexed Millard's Crossing staff....
A large chamber discovered under the original floor perplexed Millard's Crossing staff. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Demolition is wrapping up. Electrical and plumbing follows. (KTRE Staff)
Demolition is wrapping up. Electrical and plumbing follows. (KTRE Staff)

Nacogdoches - A red tin building, once a place of flea market finds, isn't typical to the other structures that Millard's Crossing executive director Tracie Lasater oversees.

"It was built in the 50s, and 60s, which is a baby compared to the rest of Millard's Crossing," Lasater said

Lasater immediately pegged the structure for a future events venue.

Board member Dick Oliver, with his construction background, likes the idea.

"We're gonna save it. It will be just fine," Oliver said as he supervised the renovation Thursday.

Demolition immediately provided some discoveries, beginning with the floor.

"Hammered on top of it was just nasty plywood particle board. It was pretty gross," Lasater recalled.

Underneath lay original wood floors. They were rock solid, except for the hole found smack dab in the middle.

"It's quite large. First of all, we didn't know what it was. We didn't know if it was some sort of hidey hole from prohibition days because we didn't know the date of the barn at that time," Laseter said.

"What it is? I don't know," Oliver said with a shrug.

Lasater searched out clues on the social media site "Remember In Nacogdoches When... ."

"We've had so many old-timers who remember it as a feed store say that it was where they held grain," Lasater said. "I don't know if it was a grain elevator pit or what, but it's pretty neat under there."

Most of the chamber is now covered up, but a portion will remain at the site, so future guests can conjure up their own ideas.

"We're going to put a glass floor over the top of it, so people can walk on it and look, and we'll light it from underneath,"  said Lasater, who already has plans of putting spooky Halloween decor in the chamber.

Lasater has the ideas. Oliver makes them happen.

"It's the oldest town in Texas, and this is bringing back the history of it," Oliver said.

Rebellion Barn will be its name to depict the history of the 1830s, but a hole in the floor may lead to tales from far more recent times.

Millard's Crossing is asking East Texans to share any photographs they may have of Rebellion Barn when it was a feed store. Electrical and plumbing work follows demolition. At this time no reservations can be taken.

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