BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. -

A 200-year-old beauty is in need of a facelift.The Deery Inn is in need of thousands of dollars in repairs to save this old home to travelers. The Deery Inn in Blountville, Tennessee holds history dating back before the Civil War. Now, water damage is threatening its future.

Tuesday night a fundraiser began to raise the $20,000 needed to fix-up the place. We're told it needs window, floor, and roof repairs after substantial rain damage two years ago. County commissioner Dennis Houser says the building once hosted U.S. presidents  Jackson, Johnson, and Carter. He says the building is now in the hands of Sullivan County, which can't afford to restore Deery Inn. Houser says, "Due to economic times, they haven't been able to raise the money to deflate the cost and make people aware of the historical significance of this building." Houser says that only 25% of the $20,000 needed was raised Tuesday night... and a grand total of $100,000 will eventually be needed  to keep Deery alive for future generations.

If you're interested in helping to save the life of this historic Blountville building, News 5 has been told you can email a donation to:
                    Sullivan County Historical Preservation Association
                    P.O. Box 486
                    Blountville, TN 37617