Here We Come!  First Building is Scheduled to Move to New Westville Site

Apr 11, 2017

For Immediate Release


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Here We Come!  First building is Scheduled to Move to New Westville Site




Columbus, GA--April 11, 2017:  The first building will be moving into its new location on May 1st, weather permitting. The South Lumpkin Road sewer project is scheduled to be complete adjacent to the section of the road needed to be accessed. 


Phase 1 of the buildings will be arriving over a period of months. The Wells House will be the first to arrive and will be placed in the Creek Indian Interpretive area.






Public Viewing of Move: If you want to see the building come into town, it will arrive via route 27 turning left on to Ft. Benning Road, right on to Torch Hill Road, left on to South Lumpkin Road and the into the new site. Approximate time of arrival is TBA.


Westville cautions onlookers to please be safe and only park in designated parking lots along the route. There will be a live broadcast on Facebook as the building enters Columbus and video will available on our website and You Tube channel as soon as possible. 


About the Wells House: Stepping inside the Wells House, one is immediately aware that it is something unusual. The house appears to contain a log cabin, and oddly it does. The original structure dates from the early 1800s and consisted of a one story log cabin and shed. Wells family lore, historical research, and architectural features found during the house's deconstruction indicates that Yuchi Indians were likely the builders and original inhabitants of the house.


The Wells family lived in the house for over a century. During this time, they made several changes, including the addition of porches that were not replaced during restoration at Westville.


Staff is still conducting architectural research on the building which will add a fascinating layer of significance to this impressive example of vernacular architecture.



About Historic Westville

Westville, a museum of southern history and culture, will represent the diversity of the southern experience by telling the stories of all southern peoples including African Americans, American Indians, European Americans and immigrants---how their lives were inextricably linked but their experiences diverse due to race, class and gender.