Over the weekend, a garage sale benefiting the moving and restoration of the historic Oxford House was held at 377 Marketplace.
After more than a month of planning and collecting donations, the garage sale "was very successful," said Robin Ritchie, president of the museum's board of directors. "We were very impressed."
The museum's staff and volunteers stayed busy as an estimated 500-700 people bought the many items on sale.
"The cool part is that it's not really over," Ritchie said.
377 Marketplace has agreed to keep unsold items in their store and continue raising money for the Oxford House Preservation Project.
During the two-day sale, more than $3,000 was raised which made it the "biggest and most successful project so far," Ritchie said. "We know we couldn't do it without the citizens' help. They've been very gracious."
Contributions now total more than $25,000.
The Oxford House was donated to the Stephenville Museum by Bill and Nanette Evans in July under the condition that it be moved from the property. The museum began their campaign to raise the $100,000 needed to disassemble, move and reconstruct the Oxford House. Ritchie said the house will be moved in three sections: the upper portion and the bottom portion split in two.
Stephenville must raise an additional $75,000 by Oct. 11, a deadline set by the Texas Historic Commission.
If the deadline arrives without enough contributions to move the house to the Stephenville Museum, "all indications we have is that it will be demolished," Ritchie said.
Ritchie and area residents are excited, though, about bringing the Oxford House to the museum.
"We have a lot planned for (the Oxford House,)" she said.
The historical home will become an event venue for everything from bridal parties to small gatherings and will even include a gift shop.
This isn't the first time Stephenville has helped save its history.
"Citizens rallied together to save the Chapel on the Bosque. This is the same thing," Ritchie said.
The chapel on the museum grounds has been one of the more popular attractions, regularly hosting weddings and receptions.
Stephenville Museum is continuing efforts to raise the necessary funds. They will begin a raffle this Saturday at Adam Carillo's Labor Day at the Lake that will continue through October. Many items have been donated for the raffle and range in value from $200-$2,000. Tickets can be purchased at Ace Hardware, By-Gone Days on the Bosque and this weekend at Labor Day at the Lake.
For more information about the Oxford House and their fund-raising efforts call the Stephenville Museum at (254) 965-5880.
"We're going to do it!" said Ritchie said. "This town loves this property and its history, but if we don't raise the money, it could be gone forever."