SUMMERVILLE -- The old brick silo will stand for a while.
A Summerville town crew will close off the bare windows openings on the decades-old Corey Woods landmark, make repairs to keep the structure safe and check it regularly, according to a recommendation made recently by the Town Council public works committee. The recommendation goes to full council this week, where it's expected to be approved.
Meanwhile, town staff will talk with the Summerville Preservation Society about future uses for the historic silo, said Councilman Terry Jenkins, committee chairman.
"It has historic significance in the town. It's something we should allow ourselves to have, more of oddity that makes the town more interesting," he said.
The silo is one of those old-days curiosities that haunt not only the historic district but neighborhoods through the town. They are fewer every year, fallen in, pushed aside or rebuilt in the booming suburb.
The old Waring farm silo dates back to the town's "Golden Age," the years when the horse-and-wagon farming community became a health spa resort destination. The Waring dairy supplied the Pine Forest Inn, maybe the most renowned of the resorts.
The silo stands incongruously in a homeowner's yard in the subdivision, evidently left there when the late Sonny Waring, a former town councilman, developed that part of the neighborhood. His father, Wilson Waring, had owned the dairy farm. As a child, Waring used to jump from the silo rim when workers were blowing in green silage.
The silo was enough of a tradition for the generation that Jenkins remembers playing on it, too.
The lot around it sat vacant for years until purchased by a former homeowner who took a shine to the silo. The town, which already owned two-thirds of it because it sits in town right-of-way, recently accepted a quitclaim on the deed to the rest from the current homeowner, who was uncomfortable buying the silo as part of the property.
A quitclaim is a document in which a legal interest in a piece of land is signed away, or "quit."
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