- Associated Press - Saturday, November 14, 2015

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The historic Pebble Hill house used for tours and education about the history of Auburn has been reopened after renovations.

Built in 1847, the historic Scott-Yarbrough House sits on its original site at the end of Magnolia Avenue, the Opelika-Auburn News reports (https://bit.ly/1N1tXer) reported. The Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities celebrated the grand reopening Tuesday along with the center’s 30th anniversary as an outreach office for the College of Liberal Arts.

The addition of a complimentary building will allow the center to do even more, Director Dr. Mark Wilson said.

“We have a new building on site, which I like to call Scott-Yarbrough’s little cousin because it doesn’t detract from the main house, but it’s a companion to it,” Wilson explained. “So with this new house, we are able to have offices and to have program space, which allows us to take stress off of the historic house in order to do programming. With a historic house, you have to be careful in lots of ways. So this allows us to really let the house shine and show, particularly with some of the wonderful artifacts we have. But at the same time, allow us to do public programs, which are the heart of our work.”

The house was also used to show the contributions of the center’s namesake, Caroline Marshall Draughon.

The house was given to Auburn University in 1985 by Auburn Bank and the Auburn Heritage Association, which still holds board meetings at Pebble Hill.

A gift from Ann Draughon Cousins, Caroline Marshall Draughon’s daughter, helped complete the project, which also included renovations to the home’s kitchen annex, refinished floors and important rewiring and structural work.

The building was last renovated in the 1970s, the center’s outreach associate Maiben Beard said.

Many of Auburn’s earliest settlers were from Harris County, Georgia, including John Jackson Harper’s half-brother, Nathaniel Scott, who built the house.

The home’s interior now boasts a collection of historic maps of Alabama and Georgia that date back to the 19th Century, along with a collection of McKenney and Hall portraits of Creek Indians from the Southeast and from the Alabama area and a portrait of Creek Indian Yoholo Micco on loan from Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.

“It’s been a project that we have longed for and are really excited,” Wilson said. “It shows that Auburn University really cares about the arts and humanities, and it shows that our community and our city care about historic structures.”

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Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, https://www.oanow.com/

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