- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina church is offering a free house to anyone interested in moving and preserving it.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport is looking for someone to move the Parkhill House that is now used for parish offices, the StarNews of Wilmington reports (http://bit.ly/1dXwFls). The parish has been trying to give the house away since last winter. They’ve even put an ad on Craigslist.

“We got a few responses on Craigslist but nothing panned out,” Bill Bittenbender, the church’s master planning chairman, said.

The catch in the giveaway is the request to keep the historical house, built by a 19th century Southport merchant, intact as a preservation of the home’s history and the history of the church and town.

“If we tore the house down, I worry it would lose the connection we have with the past,” said St. Philip’s interim rector the Rev. Betty Glover, who prefers to be called Mother Betty.

The house was built in 1886 and the parish says it’s important to both town and church history. The church hopes someone interested in historic preservation may want it but so far there have been no takers.

It’s estimated it would cost between $20,000 and $80,000 to move the house, depending on the mover. The house would also require some fixing up to be livable.

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Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com

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