Members of the Oxford House Preservation Project are working furiously to raise the $90,000 they still need to save the historic home.
Robin Ritchie, president of the Stephenville Museum’s board of directors, said community members have banded together to raise money to have the Oxford House relocated to the museum grounds after doctors Bill and Nanette Evans purchased the property where the house now sits.
The couple has donated the home to the museum, but the move will cost an estimated $100,000.
The preservation committee has already raised $10,000, but still has a lot of work to do.
“We have to raise the money by mid-October,” Ritchie said.
The $100,000 price tag includes a new foundation at the Stephenville Museum and the cost to take apart, move and reassemble the house. Ritchie said the home will be moved in three sections - the upper portion with the bottom being split into two sections.
The next big fundraiser the preservation committee is working on is a raffle, the details of which are still in the works.
“We are hoping the raffle will be big enough and interesting enough that everyone will want to participate - and be well rewarded,” Ritchie said.
Winners of the raffle will be announced on Oct. 9, after the By-Gone Days on the Bosque, an annual event held at the Stephenville Museum.
Ritchie said after the event, there will be an outdoor concert featuring local artists, followed by the announcement of raffle winners.
There is also plans for a yard sale, which will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at 377 Market Place on Saturday, Aug. 28. Anyone interested in donating items to the sale can drop them off at 377 Market Place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.
All of the proceeds from the sale will go toward the move of the Oxford House.
Ritchie said the preservation committee has also reached out to the business community for help, sending letters and asking for pledges.
“We are asking for people to step up and make a pledge,” Ritchie said.
The committee has approximately two months to raise $90,000. If they don’t, the Oxford House could be demolished.