His­toric Dupree home to re­lo­cate

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

One of the most rec­og­niz­able and well-known houses in So­cial Cir­cle will soon have a new home.

Crews plan to move Ce­leste Sig­man Dupree’s 156-yearold house to its new lo­ca­tion at Mag­no­lia Manor, lo­cated on N. Chero­kee Road, on Tues­day, July 15 and Wed­nes­day, July 16 af­ter a three-year process that could only have brought a happy end­ing due to all in­volved par­ties car­ing too much about the his­toric home to tear it down.

“It’s been an amaz­ing story and one that had a re­ally good con­clu­sion,” said Tom Brown, chair of the So­cial Cir­cle His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion. “It’s been worth ev­ery minute of it. It’s nice when you can work on some­thing like that and it has a good re­sult.”

Brown said the porch, which was not part of the orig­i­nal his­toric home, has al­ready been re­moved to pre­pare for Tues­day and Wed­nes­day. Al­though it is not re­quired to reat­tach the porch to keep the house on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places, the plan is to put it back on and re­con­struct the house with all orig­i­nal ma­te­rial.

One truck will pull the house, Brown said, al­low­ing for a cheaper and safer move.

Mike Owens, owner of Mag­no­lia Manor, bought Dupree’s home from the First Bap­tist Church of So­cial Cir­cle so the church could use the land as it wants. The church bought the home in 2005 af­ter Dupree’s pass­ing.

The first step will be to put two steel beams un­der the home, plac­ing dol­lies un­der it and “do­ing what­ever it takes to pull it down to the new lo­ca­tion.”

“I think a lot of folks will be happy,” Owens said. “The church can now do what it wants to do and be happy the house found a home in­stead of be­ing de­mol­ished.”

Tues­day’s work will end once the home reaches power lines about 300 feet away. Ge­or­gia Power, AT&T and Com­cast will ar­rive around 7 a.m. Wed­nes­day to re­move util­ity lines. Once this is com­pleted, Owens said, the home can be moved the fi­nal 1,000 yards.

A foun­da­tion was be­ing built in the days leading up to the move on the Mag­no­lia Manor land where the home will sit.

Clark Street will be closed Wed­nes­day, and homes near the school and church may see power out­ages. Owens said he hopes it will only be for a few hours.

“I imag­ine there will be quite a crowd,” Owens said. “We’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting it done and mov­ing on to phase two, which is restora­tion. It should be com­pleted in a year to a year and a half.”

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