Owner giving historic Rock County home away for free

By: Michael Stevens Email
By: Michael Stevens Email

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 --- 6:15 p.m.

Cooksville --- How would you like to own a piece of history in Wisconsin for free? You can if you just move it.

Ted Keehn is literally giving away his 163 year old limestone house. "The house, the house is free. That's the good part," said Keehn.

He grew up in the home but has since moved next door and now wants it off his hands.

"I already have a house here so we don't have a need for two," said Keehn.

It's the taxes and regular maintenance costs that are setting him back and the reason why he's giving it away to someone willing to move it.

"The initial estimate was forty to forty-five thousand dollars to pick it up, move it to Cooksville, and set it on a foundation," said Keehn.

"The whole thing gets lifted up, put on a truck, and hauled away. As the mover told us, no problem, piece of cake," said Larry Reed, with Historic Cooksville Trust.

He adds if the home were rehabbed, restored and rehabilitated in a new location he estimates the value could reach three hundred thousand dollars.

While Keehn is not interested in restoring it, he's still waiting for the person who is so the home and it's past can live on.

"We would want it done properly and there are people that have an acute interest in history, having it done correctly, and that's something that I would appreciate. Something I would like to see also," said Keehn.

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