OAK GROVE, Mo. – A family saves one of the oldest homes in historic Oak Grove from being demolished and found out some interesting history in the process.
“As a kid growing up, I was with my grandpa helping him on some of his houses that he had purchased in the area,” said Daniel Ashley, a real estate investor from Oak Grove, who recently purchased a historic Oak Grove home that was built in the 1800s.
“This was a house that I found years ago that was owned by my great aunt,” Ashley added.
He says this house has been in his family for generations.
“A lot of history in my family, since my daughter was born here, and she lived in the back apartment where her oldest son was born,” said Ashley’s grandfather, Paul Clampitt.
Clampitt says the home, one of the oldest houses in Oak Grove, had fallen into complete disrepair and been uninhabited since the mid-1990s.
“All the buyers who were interested in it before wanted to tear the house and rebuild on the lot,” Clampitt said.
The City of Oak Grove decided to condemn the property in 2014.
“In my mind there was no way it was going to happen, I was going to do everything in my power to make sure that it got renovated,” said Ashley.
Ashley`s aunt, who held the deed, finally opted to sell him the house.
“We started renovations on it. It was brought to my attention that the house was lived in by several family members and that my mom was actually born in the house,” Ashley said.
After the discovery, they decided to fix it up, and while doing so, found some artifacts, including original hardware and dinnerware buried under the house.
“It touched my heart,” said Ashley. “When I found out my mom was born here, it was hard to think about them tearing the house down and what it was going to be once they got it down.”
Ashley says it’s more than just a house to his family, and decided to retain much of the charm of the home, but says the house is ready for new memories.
“We want to keep the history going, passed on to another family that`s going to take care of it and enjoy it, we`re hoping it will last another 120 something years,” Ashley said.
“If we don`t keep our history, what do we got?” said Clampitt.
After much consideration, the family says they’ve found new home-owners.