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Old cottage needs plan in a month

Posted: January 26, 2014 - 1:06am  |  Updated: January 26, 2014 - 2:21am

The clock is ticking.

Those who wish to save the old Evans teacher’s cottage have only about a month to come up with a plan.

The property is under contract to sell – the owners will not say to whom – and the buyer wants the site cleared by Feb. 28.

It is about the last structural remnant of the old Evans community. Built about 1930, it served as a dormitory for the women who taught at the original Evans school across Washington Road. Most recently, it was known as the site of the Strictly Country gift shop, which was operated by Rachel Robertson for 25 years.

There are good reasons to preserve the old cottage, but three questions must be answered before any action is taken.

Where will the money come from? It is estimated it could cost up to $200,000 to relocate and restore the building within the county.

Where will it go? The Robertson family is willing to donate some land on Hereford Farm Road, but is that the best location?

What purpose will it serve? Whereever the building ends up, it must have a use and it must be maintained by some interested party, in order for the effort and expense to be worthwhile.

Although there will surely be government involvement, most of the planning and expense will need to come from private citizens, if this historic property is to be saved.

No doubt, there are those in Columbia County who have the influence and resources to make this happen. It is time for them to step forward.

Otherwise, we can expect to soon bid farewell to the last bit of old Evans.

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