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Eagle Scout project serves dual purpose for twins

Aaron and Alexander Faile completed their Eagle Scout requirement with a joint project that included building fencing and beds for an herb garden at the Mundy House in Denver.

Aaron and Alexander Faile completed their Eagle Scout requirement with a joint project that included building fencing and beds for an herb garden at the Mundy House in Denver.

Staff Writer

An Eagle Scout project served a dual purpose while providing the community of Denver with an herb garden that complements the recently renovated “Mundy House.”

Boger City-based Troop 73, led by scoutmaster Chris Faile, produced two Eagle Scout hopefuls that completed their requirements to achieve the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America. Now, they await their board of review and interviews.

Twin brothers Alexander and Aaron Faile, 18, and also sons of the scoutmaster, have submitted their final paperwork for review and approval after individually earning more than 30 merit badges each throughout their journey.

“I’m very proud of Alexander and Aaron and how hard they have worked to get to this point,” Chris Faile said. “They handled this project very well from meeting with the folks from the Lincoln County Historical Association and tracking down materials to the physical work and organization they put into completing the project.”

The herb garden, located on the grounds of the historic Mundy House in Denver, will serve more than one purpose for the East Lincoln museum, which will open its doors to the public later this year.

LCHA director Jason Harpe was pleased with the result.

“I have seen a few of these types of Boy Scout projects,” he said. “They are all very good but this one is exceptional, as far as I am concerned. The attention to detail and their commitment to doing a good job is evident. It has been a pleasure to be involved.”

Rufus Mundy built the house, located on the corner of Mundy Road and Highway 16, around 1860. The home, after changing ownership several times, has found itself in the hands of the Lincoln County Historical Association thanks to a donation from Lincoln County to the association in 2013. The home will serve as a museum for eastern Lincoln County history, particularly documents, photos and smaller items. A gift shop will be open to the public and ran by volunteers from the East Lincoln Historical Group. A focus on the founding families of eastern Lincoln County will contribute to the theme. A grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 24.

Alexander enjoyed the dual purpose of the project that allowed he and his brother to work together. Their older brother Caleb, also an Eagle Scout, served as inspiration.

“Things took off after I had a meeting with Mr. Harpe,” Alexander Faile said. “He was really good to help us and was really open to our ideas.”

According to Alex Faile, scouting has helped him connect with people and be a better communicator.

“We were home schooled and scouting gave us a chance to connect with others our age,” he said. “We have gone rock climbing and rappelling through scouting and lots of other exciting things. While this was actually two different projects, Aaron and I always have each other’s back. We work pretty well together and have experienced a lot together in Boy Scouts.”

Through the project, Alexander Faile put down the bed and Aaron Faile took care of the fencing for the plot.

Lincolnton resident and retired landscape architect Bill Stark designed the garden and had a hand it suggesting what to plant, as did the Lincoln Garden Club.

“My brother and I communicate really well,” Aaron Faile said. “We were able to work together and help each other out. Younger members of our troop participated and that was good too.”

Aaron Faile served as a senior patrol leader in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT).

The 8-foot posts were buried 3 feet into the ground and secured with gravel and concrete for longevity, according to Aaron Faile. The future Eagle Scout notched all of the railing to make the puzzle a cohesive and finished product.

The brothers negotiated the supplies through donations from Professional Builders Supply of Charlotte.

The Mundy family kept a garden on the property, but it was located adjacent to the current garden.

“It’s just a wonderful addition to the Mundy House,” Harpe said. “Outside of the obvious charm that it brings, it adds to the site in terms of educational value.”


Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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