The doorframe is gone along with the windows.
Carlyle Wimbish now can look from one side of the Weatherford Farmhouse to the other.
In May, it was stripped apart by Black Dog co-owners Mike Whiteside and Robert Kulp for their show Salvage Dawgs.
Salvage Dawgs airs nationally on DIY Network, and will feature the Weatherford Farmhouse on the 11th episode of the third season at 10 p.m. on Dec. 21.
The Weatherford Farmhouse, built in the late 1800s, sits on 240 acres of farmland and was once used when tobacco, hogs and sheep were raised on the farm.
Wimbish’s wife, Jo, lived in the home the first year of her life before moving into her new home in 1938.
Buried back away from Highway 58 just off State Route 742, the farmhouse had no running water and no plumbing and later became what is considered rental property.
Tenants lived in the home well into the 60s renting it for a share of tobacco.
“Weatherford never raised tobacco himself but owned tobacco acreage,” said Wimbish. “These folks did work for part of the farm. It was a way a lot of the farms operated back then.”
Now it sits on rocks barely standing.
“You could pull it with the tractor, and what’s left would come down. But, it’s gone as far as I’m concerned,” said Wimbish.
When Wimbish decided he wanted to rid the land of the old home, he used his connections to see if the show representatives would be interested.
“It needed to be taken down before it fell down. It served its use,” Wimbish added.
Representatives of the network visited the site and liked the location enough to come back for three days of filming.
Taking down the doors, windows, beaded paneling and its old staircase, Wimbish said, Whiteside and Kulp “did a pretty good job cleaning it out.”
Since the filming, he has gotten word that the staircase could end up as a prop set in a show, and the beaded paneling ended up in a restaurant in Northern Virginia.
While filming the show, he learned the ins-and-outs of creating a reality show, but his wife was absent for some of the lesson, leaving them in laughs.
Being on set with two “clowns”- Whiteside and Kulp- had already created lots of fun during the days of shooting.
Then one day Wimbish and the crew salvaged items from his garage before moving to the farmhouse, but because they needed to edit the film to make it seem like they were coming from the house, they directed one line to Wimbish, “Oh yes, I have things in my garage.”
He insisted that it isn’t a scripted show, but in this moment it was necessary.
As the camera began rolling, the hosts asked Wimbish if he had any other places they could check out, and right as Wimbish said his line, his wife chimed in, “Oh, I thought y’all had already been over there.”
Just as with any other mishap, such as breaking an item, the hosts just laughed it off, this time having assurance that it would be edited out.
The whole time filming, there was no script, but the hosts said things such as “this is something we are going to do.
“It was all kind of extraneous,” said Wimbish.
Reiterating that the hosts are “almost clowns to start with,” he added, “They really carry the show in that sense.”
Another interesting aspect of being on the show was the economic impact, said Wimbish.
He spoke of the 30-member crew spending money at local hotels and restaurants. The crew enjoyed local catering on site, and they even treated Wimbish and his wife to dinner at Bistro 1888.
“That part was interesting-how much impact it makes. They did business with local businesses, not chain stores,” he added.
After keeping news of the show quiet since May, Wimbish and his wife are looking forward to seeing the show air and are already e-mailing friends to make sure they catch it.
Being only a 30-minute show, Wimbish said he knew a lot will be cut out, and just like everyone else, he hasn’t seen any of it.
“It’s fun to see how it’s going to come out. I’m seeing it for the first time just like they are,” he added.
Salvage Dawgs chronicles the adventures and creativity of Black Dog Salvage Inc. – a Virginia-based architectural salvage business. Praised for the humorous family-friendly banter amongst the team, a suspenseful approach to presenting the salvage process and useful information about how to reuse the items they find – Salvage Dawgs has proven to be an engaging and entertaining television show that the whole family can enjoy.