Community pledges support to save historic house
A project to save a piece of northern Michigan history got a much needed financial boost Tuesday.
The Acme Heritage Society has been fighting for years to preserve the Hoxsie House. The house, built in 1875, needs to be demolished or moved from its current location off of U.S. 31 as a part of the Acme Shoreline Project.
Land was donated off of M-72 and Lautner Road, but the money needed to move the house was delaying the plan.
The Department of Natural Resources gave the Acme Heritage Society a deadline of June 30, 2014.
The Heritage Society met with the Acme Township Board Tuesday to update the progress, as well as look into a new deadline option. What wasn't expected was surprise donations totaling $39,000.
As the organization was discussing the fundraising concerns, a resident stood up and pledged financial support. The Township Board also agreed to give the money slated to demolish the building, to the moving effort.
The unexpected donations mean 85-percent of costs are covered.
Officials are now looking into submitting paperwork to get an extended deadline from the DNR, which could give the organization until the end of September to move the building.
The Hoxsie House will be used as a museum at its new location.