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Spring Hill School moved

The 104-year-old Spring Hill School took its first — and last — trip Wednesday as it was moved from the Rehobeth Baptist Church on U.S. 41 north of Perry to Beckham Circle behind the Herman Ragin Center downtown.

The relocation efforts were spearheaded by the Perry Historical Society, and the move was performed by Parrish Construction and Terrell Smith House Moving.

The school was in use from 1905-25, when it was closed after the Perry Consolidated School, currently the offices of the Houston County Board of Education, opened on Main Street.

Ellie Loudermilk of the historical society said there are enough funds at present to put a new roof on the structure, and fundraising efforts are ongoing to pay for restoration of the building’s interior. When complete, the school will double as a museum and meeting facility for the community.

The building was originally a one-room structure, but through the decades was split and had additions built on. The church wanted the building moved because of expansion.

“Everything went like clockwork,” Loudermilk said Wednesday.

The historical society will maintain the building at no cost to the board of education, she added.

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