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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:15 am | Updated: 12:39 pm, Thu Dec 19, 2013.

Every inch of the Graffiti House in Brandy Station is historic — even the bathroom.

During a recent study by architectural conservator Chris Mills, new Civil War-era artwork was found in the circa 1858 structure believed to have been used as a hospital by Confederate and Union forces during the war.

For unknown reasons, patrons decided to mark up the walls with signatures, drawings and anything else that crossed their minds. Mills ’ challenge is to remove the post-historic paint and whitewash that subsequent owner's attempted to cover the markings with, as well as stabilize the fragile plaster.

The newly uncovered graffiti was discovered in a crawl space under the stairs, painstakingly revealed by Mills — according to Brandy Station Foundation President Joe McKinney.

The name on the wall says Hollingsworth, 11th "something," McKinney said.

After discovering that bit of artwork, Mills and McKinney pondered if more could be hidden in the vicinity.

That's when Mills took out an razor blade and cut out a chunk of modern drywall in the bathroom.

Sure enough, under the modern plaster was more Civil War graffiti.

"Chris will cut out the plaster and see what we've got," McKinney said. "We're going to have to raise more money."

McKinney pointed out that the house never ceases to amaze him.

"It's exciting to see there's still more (graffiti)," McKinney said.

It also enhances the learning value of the house.

"Going to the bathroom is going to be a learning experience for people," McKinney said with a chuckle.

For more information about the Brandy Station Foundation or the Graffiti House, visit http://www.brandystationfoundation.com or contact  McKinney at 540-727-7718.

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