If you traveled through Mineral around noon on Thursday, May 22, you probably found yourself in the middle of one of the most unique traffic jams in the town’s history.
That’s because the old Trevilians Schoolhouse was uprooted, put on axles and moved down the road to Walton Park at the request of the building’s owner, Sally Johnson.
“The town is glad to have it,” Mineral Vice-Mayor Bernice Wilson-Kube said. “It will be a great asset down at Walton Park.”
The one-room schoolhouse, which was used from 1880 to 1922, had been greeting people as they entered the town by heading north on Route 522 for nearly twenty years.
Local business Rollin Wheels took on the daunting task of relocating the building. They did so by raising it off of the ground with a handful of hydraulic jacks capable of lifting 20 tons. After jacking up the building, two axles were pulled underneath and attached to custom-made brackets that ran down the length of building’s underside.
“You’re moving an object that was never designed to be moved,” Rollin Wheels staffer Glen Hicks said before the endeavor. “We have to be careful that there’s not a lot of flexing, because the chimney could crumble or the windows could break.”
To read the entire story, see the May 29 edition of The Central Virginian.