The floorboards still creak at the old Park Store on Merchant's Row, but where hatted and heeled ladies once tread, spiders now stroll. Among the long, warped rows of mercantile shelving, cobwebs rule where penny candy once reigned.
After more than 100 years in operation, The Park Family store has sat empty for decades and is now desperately in need of renovation, like many local historical homes. However, without the right advice and materials, homeowners could do more damage to century-old houses than good. Perryville Main Street/Renaissance Program and Perryville Enhancement Project helped historic homeowners preserve their small part of history by holding a workshop Saturday.
Historic preservation architect Joe Opperman led a tour through the Park store after speaking to local historical home owners about preservation issues. During his lecture, Opperman gave tips on what materials to build with, advice on how to handle contractors and warned against using modern, untried products on older homes.