Help Körner’s Folly Raise the Roof!

Historic Körner’s Folly, 413 South Main Street, has been facing a remarkable challenge.  A $500,000 challenge to be exact.  And now, thanks to recent winter weather, the stakes have just been upped.

As unprecedented winter weather has swept across the nation this season, southern homes have been facing new challenges.  Historic homes and properties have been particularly susceptible to winter storm damage from frozen pipes to downed power lines and broken tree limbs.  Historic Körner’s Folly has been no exception.  January’s freezing temperatures caused a water pipe to freeze and burst, flooding the home’s summer kitchen.  Now the latest round of snow and ice is creating problematic leaks from the home’s weathered roof.  Blue tarps now adorn the Folly’s iconic red roof, in hopes of staving off leaks.

Fortunately, the Körner’s Folly Foundation has been working steadily to raise funding to replace the leaking, damaged roof.  Last summer, the Foundation was issued a matching challenge to jump start the exterior stabilization of the house.  Work to date has included porch renovations and foundation stabilization.  Now, shy of their goal, the Körner’s Folly Foundation must raise the remaining funding by April 15th so the roof restoration can begin as soon as possible.  Körner’s Folly will not be able to weather another winter and with summer temperatures rapidly approaching, the roof must be replaced now.  If the April 15th deadline is met, work can begin as soon as May 1st.    

After the roof repairs are completed, the Foundation could then begin seeking funding to restore the interior of the house.  Interior plans would include restoring the damaged and faded murals, woodwork, and interior plaster with the ultimate goal of returning it to a sparkling representation of life in Kernersville, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“This is an important moment in the history of Körner’s Folly. We are closing in on a critical deadline related to the roof restoration needs.  Anyone who has an interest in preserving the Folly for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren should consider supporting this effort,” says Duane Long, member of the Körner’s Folly Foundation Board of Directors.

Making a tax-deductible donation is the best way to help preserve one of North Carolina’s most notable historic icons.  To donate, click here or contact Dale Pennington, executive director, (336) 996-7922 or, or send donations to P.O. Box 2091, Kernersville, NC 27285.  Körner’s Folly is open for self-guided tours Thursdays through Saturdays (10am – 4pm) and Sundays (1 – 4pm). Guided group tours are available by appointment.