Re: Slate and marble fireplace circa 1878
Jennifer with out pictures it is hard to give good advice. If you don't have an inter-net site to post pictures you can e-mail them to me and I'll post them for you.
If the stone you are talking about is the hearth stone, in that vintage of a house it may have just been a rough stone. Personally for what replacement would cost I would leave it as is. On one of our fireplaces which is not used, I wire brushed the stone to clean it and applied a coat of Poly.
Most people, but not all, that buy vintage houses prefer vintage appearance, trim, etc.
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