ELMIRA, N.Y. - The Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp are asking for local as they begin their reconstruction project.
The friends of the Elmira Civil War prison camp are working to reconstruct a 150 year old building and they're hoping it will attract tourists in the future.
The building was part of the original civil war prison camp built in 1864.
It has been in storage for 25 to 30 years in West Elmira, and now they're bringing it back to life and asking for the community's support.
Those involved hope this project will highlight Elmira's rich history, and the role it played in the Civil War.
of the friends of the Elmira Civil War prison camp, Marty Chalk, said he the road has been long, but he is excited about the progress being made.
"It's taking us a while to get to this point but it's very exciting and we are taking the first step as you can see the foundation is here so that's the first step in the reconstruction," said Chalk.
The timeline for completing the project is completely dependent on donations and funding. The building is very fragile and the wood is cracked.
Chalk said the project is much more complicated and costly than anyone anticipated.
"We need we need $100,000 to rebuild the building and not only that but two in Dow it we have a Canon which has been donated a Civil War cannon so that would be great but we need to get that here we need to build a fence around the building so once we get this constructed we need to make sure that it stays in great shape," said Chalk.
For more on how you can donate, click here. Those who would like to make a donation can write a check out to Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp and mail it to PO Box 681, Elmira, NY 14902.
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