I found this on an old computer. It was written right after the first attempt was made to demolish the Coy WIllings house.

The Coy Willing House, on the corner of West 2nd North and Church Streets, was scheduled for demolition August 12th, 1998 at 5:30 p.m. Jerry’s Wrecker Service showed up on time. Mr. Gail Smith, the man awarded the demolition contract, made sure the cables and beams were right. But the house did not go down. True to the character of the man who built it, this stately home stood strong and defiant as steel cables strained and I-beams pressed hard against the oak-clad sheathing.

Onlookers watched in amazement. The wrecker truck, for a brief moment, lifted off the ground, the windows rattled, my five-year-old screamed and the cables snapped.

Even with the siding off, the floors removed, and half the joists gone, the craftsmanship was ever present. The Coy Willing House was built when pride and integrity were more than buzzwords for salesmen and politicians.

Of course the house did go down; other methods were employed. But that day the son of a confederate soldier, the maker of fine houses for important people, again stood tall.

Like everything houses built today have a shelf life of 20-25 years. But there was a time when homes were made to last. We are fortunate that we still have homes from that era. 

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