$250,000 raised to save Wilkins House in Greenville
The Wilkins House on Augusta Street. (Source: Palmetto Trust)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The Save The Wilkins House Initiative has raided more than $250,000 in their effort to move the historic Greenville house.
Their goal is to raise $360,000 in order to save the historic Augusta Road home, move it to a new property and set up easements that will keep the home from ever being demolished.
The group spokesperson John Boyanoski said the $256,000 raised is enough to move the house from its 1004 Augusta St. address to the corner of Mills Avenue and Elm Street, approximately a quarter mile away.
The group also looks to raise another $100,000 to reach their goal, which would assure the house is properly restored and never moved again, according to Palmetto Trust for Preservation Executive Director Mike Bedenbaugh.
The home was built in the late 1800s by local builder Jacob W. Cagle for William Wilkins and his wife Harriet, who bought 23 acres of land along Augusta Street from O.P. Mills in 1876.
The initiative began in February after four acres of the land that the house sits on was purchased by new owners. According to Boyanoski, the new owners said they would not demolish the house if it could be moved.
Their goal is to raise the last $100,000 by May 9. People can donate to the project here.
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