HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The Historic Yellow Howland House was on its way to a new location on Sunday and some roads were officially shut down.
The move started at about 6:15 a.m.
State Routes 82 and 46 and all side roads are officially reopened as of 10:30 a.m. after being closed all morning for the move.
It is all because ODOT has a major project planned for the intersection of State Route 82 and 46. They are starting construction on a diverging diamond intersection next year.
It will help ease traffic and lessen accidents in the area.
Originally, the house was going to be torn down, but the Howland Historical Society didn’t want to see that happen.
They say is is important to keep some of the township’s history alive.
Cindee Mines with the Historical Society says the house is the oldest one in Howland.
It was owned by one of the founding members of the township, making it essential to honor the legacy left in the home.
“He’s why Howland is here. He had a farm, a huge farm. In fact, what we’re standing on right now was part of his farm. So, that was really when we were working on looking for a site to move it this was part of his property,” Mines said.
The house is moving to sit across from Howland Middle school. Moving has been no easy task.
Crews with ODOT, police, fire and First Energy are all working hard this morning to assist the movers.
Wires had to be taken down and there are some road closures in the area. Howland Police ask people to stay away from the area for their safety.
The move isn’t far but they do have to move the house slowly to ensure it won’t break.
Mines says the move was just the first step.
“We have to put in some windows, some doors. They did save what they took out, we’re hoping to be able to replace those,” Mines said.
She said they hope to open the house to the public as soon as those renovations are made.
“We’re still in the planning process of what we want to do, how we want to do it because like I said we weren’t always sure it would happen, so we didn’t want to think of things in advance and then be disappointed,” Mines said.
The historical society is collecting donations to help pay for some of the work that still needs done.
First News is on the scene and will continue to update this developing story.