House, Rail Trail Get Big Lift

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 8, 2006 at 10:18 PM EDT

Slowly but surely, the Rounds Coal House is moved to it's new location, straddling the Vestal Rail Trail.

More than one hundred people stood around the house's new site, taking pictures, and watching history on the move.

"Grew up here, always remember the coal house being on one side of the street. Thought it would be pretty neat to be able to watch the transition over to the rail trail," said David Brosious of Vestal.

Built in 1908. the coal house was the centerpiece for the largest coal supplier in the area, the F.L Rounds Coal Company,

The Town of Vestal and Vestal Historical Society chose to move the house from Main Street, where it sat vacant, to the Rail Trail, where thousands could walk through all year.

Many here approve the move.

"Anything about the area I like to go watch. {butt to 6:34} It's definitely something you like to see and being able to have it here, I use the rail trail quite a bit."

Lynne Theophanis brought her two children to this moving day to see history in the making.

"It's a historical thing that's happening. So I thought it would be real educational for them to see it and fun too," she said.

Lending a helping hand, many helped pull the house along, until a mornings worth of work was complete.

The foundation for this coal house will be finished by Thanksgiving. And then, by early next spring, a station house will be built.

That will hold community meeting rooms and rest rooms.

Then, by early fall 2007, these fences will come down and you'll be able to use the rail trail to walk through the coal house.

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