Historic Herndon House Moving Slowly On Wheels

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HERNDON, Va. (WUSA) - A old home in Herndon that predates the Civil War is getting a new life. It's not just being moved to make way for new homes, but will be front and center as the gateway for a new development.

"I'm glad it's not going to be torn down," said Elma Mankin, 88, also known as "the Queen of Herndon."  Mankin was named after Elma Yount. The Younts bought the home in 1861 and Mankin remembers the lovely gardens at the old farmhouse.

Mankin gathered with Herndon's mayor and others watching as the 3,000 square foot home began slowly moving.

The home was hoisted four feet up in the air and on sets of wheels that look like all terrain vehicles. But speed is not an option. The wheels are inching along so slowly, that it will take three days for the home to reach its final destination just 200 feet away.

"It's sort of sad to see in a way, but I guess progress has to go on," said Col. Carl Payne, 93. Payne is a WWII vet who bought the home in 1968. He sold it in 2006 to Lawrence Doll Homes who wanted to not only save the home but incorporate the architecture style into its whole 11 home development. It's called Monroe Hill and is one of downtown Herndon's historic districts.

"Herndon enjoys a lot of really neat craftsmen era really neat architectural styles. And that's one of the things that influenced what were offering in this community," said Will Lange with Doll Homes.

Col. Payne: When I bought the house it was literally falling down. The floors were sagging, the windows leaked. It was in bad shape.

Peggy Fox: "So you put a lot of love into it?"

Col. Payne: "I put a lot of love and a lot of money into it."

Fox: "They're going to put more love into it."

Col. Payne: "Well, I hope. And I hope I can live to see it."

Fox: "I think you will."

Col. Payne lives with his wife in a retirement community in Loudoun County.

The homes in the Monroe Hill development are priced starting at $716,900.

The company moving the home is Expert Home Movers, the same one, we're told, which moved the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

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