"I think we have stopped the water from coming in," said Biola, who actually is amazed that the woodwork and floors are in fairly good condition.
For fiscal year 2012, a fourth grant was given to preserve the windows. To come up with money to match the grants, the Kump Center has had yearly fundraisers including the upcoming New Deal activities.
Multiple fundraisers are scheduled for 2013 when the 10-year plan calls for installing geothermal heat for the house, a project under study by the Sustainability Studies Program at Davis & Elkins College.
The college program uses the Kump grounds to demonstrate environmentally friendly development. So far, the program has created a community garden, where gardeners pay $20 for a plot, and has planted apple trees where the original orchard was.
Each of the next six years calls for another major project -- painting; meeting plumbing, electrical and fire codes; and restoring the furniture.
The finish line is set for 2019, when teachers can stay for multiday conferences in the Kump House, with its 11 bedrooms and six baths on the second and third floors.
Before then, Biola said the center hopes to expand professional development opportunities to educators. "For our teachers, it's a real struggle to continue to develop ... to get the things they need to be at their best," said Biola.
"We would like to bring in classes from WVU, so only the professor would have to travel."
Additional possibilities include national board certification, graduate classes, student tutoring and more. "If there are six people who need something, we could start it," explained Biola, who has a doctorate in English education and is retired from D&E.
She said six of the 18 Kump grandchildren were teachers as were three of his children. Early in his career, he taught in the one-room school he attended in Hampshire County. And it was under his administration that the county unit school system was established.
As coordinator of the Kump Education Center, Biola's unpaid position combines her interests of history and teaching. The other four grandchildren in the Elkins area have contributed in various ways to help with the mansion's preservation, she said.
"We're glad the house is having a wider audience," she said.
Kump House event has tours, music and more
ELKINS, W.Va. -- The New Deal at the Crossroads fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Kump House and Farm, 401 S. Randolph Ave.
On the main stage, Jump Start will play swing and early jazz music at 10 a.m.; Michael and Carrie Kline will sing songs of West Virginia at noon; and Elm Street Alley Cats will perform old-time music at 1 p.m.
At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Randall Reeder will appear as Will Rogers, the cowboy commentator of the Depression era.
Pies made by 30 of the area's best bakers will be auctioned at 3 p.m.
Actors posing as West Virginia Gov. Herman G. Kump and U.S. first lady Eleanor Roosevelt also will take the stage during the day.
Crafts and antiques vendors will be on the grounds. In the children's tent, puppet shows will be given at 12:30 and 2:15 p.m.
All the outdoor activities are free.
Tours of the Kump House are $10. Inside, artisans will demonstrate 1930s crafts, such as tatting, quilting and weaving.
Refreshments will be for sale on the grounds. Rotarians will sell roast chicken in the nearby Kroger parking lot.
For more information, call 304-636-3590 or visit www.facebook.com/kumpcenter.
Email Heather Biola at kumphouse@gmail.
Reach Rosalie Earle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5115.