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A Randolph County landmark soon will get a facelift.

Davis & Elkins College said the roof of Graceland Mansion will be getting some needed repairs.

Water leaks have the potential to damage the plaster interior of the structure.

Mansion staff said they'll be sure to preserve the look of the historic building.

"We won't do anything to the roof that doesn't stay with the period. This is a beautiful building, very historic, and so we don't want to do anything that would take away from that historic value," said Dr. Carol Carter, chair of the college's Department of Business Administration.

The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office provided almost $90,000 for the repairs.

The mansion was originally built as the home of U.S. Senator Henry Davis, one of the founders of Davis & Elkins College.

The home changed hands a few times before being given to the college in 1941.

The former home now hosts an inn and restaurant open to the public.

It's also a learning lab for students in the college's Hospitality and Tourism Management majors.

The home will also see a lot of use in the coming week. Each year, the Forest Festival's Maid Silvia stays in the mansion during the week of the festival before she is crowned queen.