Decades before it was dismantled, renovated and placed in a prominent position on the National Mall, the house stood along a dirt road on the Point of Pines plantation near the middle of this island. Inside its walls, Isabell Meggett was born on Feb. 22, 1930, the first of her parents’ 10 children. Her parents and grandparents also lived here, and other family members came and went over the years until the last one moved out in 1981.
When she recently heard that her modest childhood home was being moved to become a main focal point in the new museum, she was both surprised and pleased.
“All kinds of things happen,” she said. “I was glad they could do that and be a part of history.”