Indiana News

Fate Uncertain for 1860s House in Southern Indiana

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) _ Preservationists are worried about the fate of a Civil War-era farmhouse after a southern Indiana town's decision to sell it to a neighboring business.
The Sellersburg Town Council voted to sell the 150-year-old Thomas Benton Jacobs House for $52,100 to Admirals Anchor Yacht Sales, which submitted the highest bid.
The Indiana Landmarks preservation group asked the council to donate the house to it for rehabilitation. But the News and Tribune reports town officials said it needed the money from the sale.
Indiana Landmarks regional director Greg Sekula says the basic structure of the two-story house is mostly intact with damage to the exterior.
The new owners haven't said what their plans are for the property. The town acquired the house when it bought Riverside Water Co. a year ago. 

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