Nevada Proud: Restoring history in Virginia City

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Updated: 4/02/2014 10:56 pm
VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- It's nestled in the heart of a historic district, and the new owner has big plans to give it a facelift while also remembering the Silver State's past.
Although it is more than 150 years old, when one man saw it, he saw nothing but a bright future, and a reason to be Nevada Proud.

A step back into a town frozen in time to memorialize the Wild West. It was the charm of Virginia City that drew this Fallon resident and California native to invest in a piece of history.

"People want to remember the past," said Thom Darrow.

Thom Darrow immersed himself in the community, playing music for passersby and visiting whenever he could. It seemed only natural to put up shop.

"I told my wife, 'I'd like to buy something here, if we possibly can,'" said Darrow. That is when he stumbled upon 56 Stewart Street. Considered an undesirable to some, it was the third house in a lineup of foreclosures, and it was the cheapest one.

"I said, 'Let's try it.' So we did. We bought it and, by God, I never looked back."

Instantly, the 1860 house became a labor of love. Repainted in navy blue and decorated with the yellow battle born slogan. "With this navy blue paint, it looks spectacular, and all my neighbors think it's looks way, way cool."

Since renovation began, Darrow has uncovered pieces of history buried in and around the house. Nail by nail, board by board, Thom and his wife are piecing this historic home back together, even using the same strong nails it was very first built with."

Since renovation began, Thom has uncovered pieces of history buried in and around the house. "I found oyster shells. Back then, that was a delicacy. This town was so rich, they had oysters."

That's not all that was discovered. The home survived more than the turn of the century; it lived through the Virginia City fire of 1875. The proof right here in the walls.

While walking through the house, Darrow wonders about the people who lived there, and their memories. Thom hopes to only create more, in this lifetime and the next.

"It's worth a lot of memories."

Thom tells News 4 he does not have a set date for when he plans to finish remodeling. There's no rush, because he said he is enjoying the process.
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