ATWOOD, Ill. (WCIA) — Moving day might not be something you look forward to, but one man says he couldn’t wait to get the show on the road.
He’s turning a piece of history into part of his own life story. This 128-year old home is an area treasure.
“The town basically encroached around it.”
But, Brian Henningsen says it was moving toward an uncertain future.
“It probably, eventually would have been torn down and we hated to see that happen.”
That’s when his nephew decided to move it in a different direction. So, he said he’ll take it, and with it, a big project.
“One of the things with my generation is we kind of lose the history of this area and I want to keep that intact and learn from it and see the hard work and stuff that was put into the house.”
Changing your address isn’t always an easy process.
“Bet you never thought move-in day would look like this! Why did you want to do this?”
“‘Cause I’m crazy!”
Seth Binion and his uncle can attest: Moving a few miles down the block proves to be quite the challenge when it involves moving the house along with it.
“It’s a work in progress. You’ve got to really, really want it bad to do it.”
Binion says the months of work it’s taken to get to this point and the months of work it’ll take when the move is done will still be just the beginning for the future he’s got in mind.
“It’ll just be a place that we can grow up and my kids can grow up and my wife and I can kind of just grow old and live there for, hopefully, ever.”
That’s why, through all the hard work it takes to plan, he’s got a lot of excitement. And, he answers if you ask him where he gets the stamina.
“I’m a Christian, so I’d like to give God all the honor and glory.”
The original owners of the home were the Ponder family, in 1890. Henningsen says the Ponders’ intention was to not allow any smoking, chewing of tobacco or cussing on site. They said they’re going to try to preserve that tradition as best they can.