Historic Home Collapses
On Saturday evening, the chimney of the house, which was built by slaves in 1862, fell over and took what was left of the historic home with it.
"The plan was to salvage as much of the structure of the frame as we could, and then we were going to have interpretive plaques in the area that would not only talk about the structure but would also give a feel for a little bit of the time and the year," said Rick Hedrick, Alachua County Director of Public Works.
Many considered the home an important historical artifact because of how it was built. In 1855, Daniel Scott bought 57 slaves for $28,000. One of their responsibilities was to build the home.
Alachua County has spent close to $70,000 trying to preserve the property over the years, but despite its historical significance, some North Central Florida taxpayers are unhappy about the expenditure.
"My opinion is it is truly a waste of taxpayer dollars," said James Mercer, concerned resident.
Mercer's objection to the project stems from his opinion that the funds used to restore the property were misspent.
While the home doesn't look like much now, there are still some remnants of the strategy devised by the slaves who built it. Roman numerals on the foundation of the home were used as a code to show which pieces of the building went where.
According to Hedrick, they will look into restoring the home, but because of the most recent damage, he said it is highly unlikely.
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