A public rally to build awareness and demonstrate support for preserving and protecting the Twenty Mile House is scheduled for today, Tuesday, June 19th beginning at 4 PM on the sidewalk at Twenty Mile Stand across from CVS Pharmacy in Deerfield Township.
Kim Grant, vice president of Friends of The Twenty Mile House, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation, said, “I find plans to demolish this historic building completely unacceptable...this building is an irreplaceable treasure that should be preserved for the betterment of our community. It is an important and prominent landmark built in 1822. Historically it has been the "Heart" of Deerfield Township.”
Now that Speedway has lost interest in the site, supporters have focused on finding a solution for the current owner and for the community. Steve Link, president of the group adds, “Of course, we all support property owners’ rights, but this 190 year old building is a rare jewel that has a rich history dating back to the formation of our state. We urge people to join us on today as we continue to look for support in the form of funding, creative ideas and public awareness. The property is actively being marketed for sale or lease and the building could be bulldozed into oblivion at the owner’s discretion.”
Demolition of the Twenty Mile House does not sit well with many residents in Warren and surrounding counties, but local, county and state governments have yet to step up to help prevent it from happening.
“Someone once said ‘Most people’s historical perspective begins with the day of their birth.’ How sad is that,” Link noted.
For more information on the rally or to learn more about the Twenty Mile House, call 583-5829 or visit the FAQ page at www.FriendsofTheTwentyMileHouse.org