Thomas Benton Jacobs House
Contact: Greg Sekula
Historic 1864 farmhouse must be moved or face demolition. We have until August 24 to identify a buyer willing to relocate the structure.
The Thomas Benton Jacobs sits in a residential area along Utica Pike adjacent to the Ohio River, on land owned by Riverside Water Company. Though the company supports saving the house, time is running out as the utility moves to establish new wells on the Jacobs farm site. The water company is offering the home for $1 on the condition that it be moved.
Two lots close to the house are available for purchase, including a 1.2-acre tract immediately to the east listed for $89,900. Movers estimate it will cost $30,000 to relocate the structure to the closest lot.
The house has been vacant since 2006 and requires complete renovation – estimated at about $75,000. The home includes approximately 3,400 square feet in nine rooms, including two baths. Many original architectural features remain, including original clapboard siding with a decorative dentil molding cornice, and a side porch with original sawn-work railing and porch post supports, and several original windows. The interior features original woodwork, staircase, and hardwood floors.