Work began to move the Oxford House almost immediately after the contract was signed Tuesday, according to Stephenville Museum Director Robin Ritchie.

Stephenville Museum selected Ricky King, a local contractor, to undertake the feat of moving the Oxford House from it's current location on Graham Street to the Stephenville Museum grounds on East Washington Street.

Phase one of the move mostly consists of preparation work, which is currently underway. Porches, windows, the brass eagle thats perched atop the house and other features of the house are being removed.

Once the month-long preparation is complete, cranes, tractor trailers and other heavy machinery will be used to disassemble the historic structure and move it down the road.

"Then it will be like a giant puzzle (as it is) put back together at the museum," Ritchie said.

Ritchie expects the move to be complete and the house restored by February 15.

"That is if the weather cooperates this winter," said Ritchie.

Museum board members are also hosting various workdays giving community members who chipped in to help save the Oxford House the opportunity to help in moving the historic home.

This first work day will be led by Garrett Dickey this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.