LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A mid-19th-century New Albany landmark has been moved to make way for new development.
The Smith-Phillips Farm on Charlestown Road has changed hands several times over the years, but it has always remained in the same location until now. It was picked up and moved from where it had been since about 1860. The farmhouse was built by William Smith, the son of Floyd County pioneer Martin Smith. It was sold to the Phillips family in 1941 and then to Northside Church in 2000, which owned the land it sat on until recently.
Amanda Frey, the Phillips’ granddaughter, was on hand Thursday to witness the move of the house to its new location, which was still visible from Charlestown Road.
“It hit me pretty hard this morning,” Frey said. “It came to the corner of Charlestown Road, and had already been moved a bit, then I saw (my grandparents’) names on the side of the house. I’m not going to lie. I cried a lot .”
Hogan hired a company to move the house after the public showed a desire to keep the house.
“I think the world (my kids) is going to grow up using so much science and math, it’s so cool to see this implemented,” Stith said. “I’m probably not the right person to explain a lot, but we did our best.”
Frey said moving the house was something her grandparents wouldn’t have approved of, but understands given the inevitable development in the area.
“We recently lost them both, so they didn’t know any of that,” Frey said, “which I think is for the best, but they would love to have it moved and saved.”
Hogan Real Estate will now develop the property and build a Starbucks and a German-American bank, with the development to be completed by the end of the year.
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