The house told the tale of a onetime boomtown, a vital port for the country's tobacco and pork markets before the railroads took over. Its 2,200 square feet encompassed three large rooms off a grand center hall downstairs, with a winding staircase leading to two ample bedrooms upstairs. Around a century ago, the house was carved up into apartments and a two-story ell, with a downstairs kitchen and an upstairs bath tacked on—apparently with an exterior staircase.
"One day I was working on the house, a 100-year-old woman came up to me," Vic says. "She told me she'd lived in it as a child and used to enter through a second-story back door."