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Model of Elks National Home becomes new attraction for Bedford

By Tim Saunders, tsaunders@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 22 2013 08:13:11 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 23 2013 08:50:00 AM EDT

A full scale replica of the homeis more than 100 years old and little is known about its origin.

BEDFORD, Va. -

The Elks National Home in Bedford is known for its Christmas lights, but lately it's getting noticed for a different attraction.

A replica of the building is on display.  It's more than 100 years old and little is known about it.

Elks Home officials think it was created by an architect, to give contractors a vision of how the finished building should look.

It was left outside and neglected until two years ago, when a resident of the home was asked to restore it.

Hubert Roberts spent hundreds of hours carefully cleaning, painting, and repairing the model to match the real thing.

"I like to work with my hands and I like to be productive," said Roberts. "I took the job on with not much expectation of finishing it."

Visitors can see the model in a hallway of the Elks Home. Volunteers plan to decorate it with the famous Christmas lights when the holiday rolls around.