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3/16/05-Marshall, Texas

East Texas History Revealed In Pictures

Deborah Rumbaugh and Lee Layman may not look like treasure hunters, but the engaged couple struck gold when they started refurbishing this barn and farm house in Marshall.

"Old matchbooks. Who would have thought. Always something different in each one," says Lee.

It's been in Deborah's family since 1839. Then, it was Mimosa Hall Plantation. History fills every corner, but this pales in comparison to what they found in a small closet in the farm house.

"I started moving things around and this is where I started coming across things that will really surprise you," he says.

Dozens of pictures dated before the civil war.

"This is probably the oldest picture we have because we know he died in 1858. That's John Webster," say Lee.

Every picture is a decedents of John Webster, the family patriarch. Many made of tin and cardboard.

Lee and Deborah discovered more than just pictures. They also found several items made by slaves on the plantation.

"This is a slave made brick. You can see finger prints on it."

Lee also found this charcoal drawing he believes it too was made by slaves.

"It tells a whole lot about the whole place."

It tells about one family's history in a time that changed the world forever.

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