Paul McKibben reports:
Where an early 19th century stagecoach stop once stood, a gas station will now stand in its place.
The Twenty Mile House in Warren County was demolished Tuesday, ending a 2-year-old struggle to preserve the building that was built in 1822 as a stagecoach stop. Over the years the building has also hosted a restaurant and tavern. Its last occupant was the Red Rock Tavern which closed at least two years ago.
A Big Mike’s Gas n Go fuel station and convenience store is expected to replace it. Another 1,200-square foot structure could also be built at the site. Jennifer Mooney, a representative for new owner Bunnell Hill Development, said it would be speculation to say when the gas station might open.
Mooney said the Twenty Mile House has been functionally demolished for a long time and hasn’t had working facilities inside.
“There is not an obvious section or part of that which is the original structure,” she said. “It’s been modified (and) changed et cetera so many times over the years that there is not the ability to work in there and say ‘this is the room. This was the place.’”
The demolition work started at 9:05 a.m. Tuesday. Ten people were gathered at the site at the corner of Columbia and Montgomery roads.
“I’m very sad and I’m very disappointed that there wasn’t more imagination and interest on the part of the past owner and the future owner,” said Steve Link, president of Friends of Twenty Mile House, which tried to save the building.