It’s a shame there is so little appreciation for historic buildings and architecture.
In the 1970s there was a historical old home available for sale in a nearby town here. The home was built in the 1840’s by a wealthy farmer, and over the next century was occupied by several generations of the family. But eventually the heirs sold the property to a developer who was building a shopping center on the site, with plans to demolish the home.
Of particular interest was a diary found in the house, which was written by one of the women during the time of and following the Civil War. In it are described scenes where both the Confederate and Union armies at different times camped on the yard surrounding the house (the Yankees ate all the peaches from the orchard
). After the war Jesse James once stayed the night at the house. Somewhere I have a copy of a newspaper article about the house and family, including photographs of the house and diary.
The local historical association intervened with the result being that the developer offered to give the house to anyone who would pay to have it moved. The house was large and estimated cost to move it at that time was $20,000. No takers. Parts of the house were salvaged and are on display in a museum but the remainder was destroyed. The shopping center stands today on the site, and thousands of people go there without any knowledge of what once was there.
I hope that fate doesn’t befall the historical homes of Little Valley, NY.