STAUNTON, Va. -- At the turn of the 20th century, homebuyers could order build- it-yourself house kits from a catalog.
About two dozen of these kit houses still exist in Staunton.
Rose Thornton has written several books on kit homes. The Daily News Leader (http://bit.ly/11GW6ef ) reports that she recently inventoried Staunton's kit houses for the Staunton Historical Foundation.
The foundation hopes to encourage the homes' owners to preserve them.
Thornton said Thursday at a presentation sponsored by the foundation that kit homes are tourist draws. She says Staunton should provide online maps or guided tours.
Information from: The Daily News Leader, http://www.newsleader.com
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