Rusting relics: Courthouse statues need repairs to fix rust spots

Rusting was exacerbated by heavy rainfall in June. The two affected statues will most likely need to be removed and repaired. NICK PEDLEY/ HAMPTON CHRONICLE

Franklin County’s beloved courthouse received a splash of new color this summer, but it wasn’t intentional by any means.

 Two copper statues perched atop the 123-year-old structure’s clock tower began rusting significantly following heavy rainfall in June. Rust marks started bleeding down onto the courthouse’s cream-colored façade, which stained portions of the statues’ support platforms. The marks are now visible from the ground and can be seen from a decent distance away.

Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Tom Porter didn’t mince words when he described the stains.

Read the full article in the August 20 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.