After months of taking a wait-and-see approach, Danville City Commission on Monday finally joined efforts to preserve an historic log house discovered on Third Street last year.
In a 4-1 vote, commissioners agreed to contribute $5,000 toward moving the home, believed to date back to Danville's settlement by John Crow in the late 18th Century, safely into storage so it can be reassembled for public display at a later date.
"I really think the city ought to contribute to this," Mayor Hugh Coomer said.
Before the city's donation, about $22,000 had been raised and another $3,300 was needed to disassemble the cabin, test for its date and remove it to climate-controlled storage.
Mike Perros has donated $10,000, Boyle Fiscal Court $7,000, Boyle Historical Trust $2,500, and citizen donations, $2,200.
"How many communities can go back and isolate the founding father's homeplace?" Perros asked the commission. Boyle Judge-Executive Tony Wilder said the city and county have always "partnered on things like this."