Jackson Township Hall moved to new location

The Jackson Township Hall has served multiple purposes over the last 100 years, but Thursday morning history was on the move.

Posted: Sep 6, 2018 4:30 PM
Updated: Sep 7, 2018 6:07 AM

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT)- The Jackson Township Hall has served multiple purposes over the last 100 years, but Thursday morning history was on the move. 

"This was truly the community epicenter for Jackson Township in DeKalb County," said John Bry, the DeKalb County historian. 

The land the building was on was sold off, and the owners decided they didn't want to keep the building. 

"They were going to demolish it, but they offered to donate it on the condition that it be moved," Bry said. 

It took a full morning to get the building down the road, but Bry said he's been working on this day for three years. 

"It's been vacant for decades, and this is its second move. It was moved about 30 years ago from its original location," he said. 

At least a dozen organizations came together to make it happen, including AEP, Indiana State Police, and Mediacom.

"One of the slowest things happening was we had to stop and move some mailboxes, so all the complications of the utility lines and the mailboxes were actually the thing that slowed us down today," Bry said. 

And of course, it brought out some onlookers and people who wanted to help anyway they can. 

"Maybe we can help from a 4-H stand point, some of the grunt work. I realize there's not a lot they can do, but we can do fundraisers and stuff," said Sue Stoops. 

Now all that's left to do is restore the building to its former glory. 

"Restoration projects that are grassroots driven like this usually do take some time, but they're worth it in the end," Bry said. 

The restoration is expected to take a couple years, but the goal is to eventually have a sidewalk connecting the hall to the Jackson Township Fire Department, that way it can be used for large events and remain a part of the community. 

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