Relocating Plano’s Oldest Home Involved a Few Snags
The Collinwood House has encountered plenty of obstacles throughout its 157 years, but this was definitely the historic home’s first run in with a street light.
After all the Collinwood House has been through, it seems only fitting that its big move involved a few snags, although it’s hard to imagine that the pioneers who built it could have predicted that one day it would find itself ensnared in a tangle of powerlines.
After a years-long debate over its future, the two-story 1861 farmhouse, the oldest in Plano, has been moved to its new home.
According to Dallas Morning News, the city of Plano purchased the 80-acre Collinwood Farm and its decrepit house in 2009 with plans to develop it as part of a 124-acre park.
But when voters rejected a $3.5 million measure to restore the house last year, the city council voted to tear it down. But the sagging home’s fate wasn’t sealed yet. City officials ultimately changed their minds and pledged $250,000 towards its relocation. That’s when the Haggard family stepped in and purchased it.
The Haggards, one of Plano's founding families, owned the house for a number of years in the 1800s. And on Wednesday, after weeks of preparation, it made its slow trek to at Haggard Farm a quarter mile from its original location.
CBSDFW was on hand to document the laborious move via helicopter. A Facebook Live feed (below) offered footage of the timeworn historic home navigating city streets, and at one point even hitting a street light.
Preservation advocate Candace Fountoulakis told the Morning News that she’s happy the structure will be preserved. And while it doesn’t qualify for the National Register of Historic Places, it is still a significant piece of history, she added.
"It's important to save because it's so unusual and rare," Fountoulakis said.