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Historic Lockhart cabin gets new home

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The Brock Cabin has stood in Caldwell County for more than 160 years.

The old, wooden structure is believed to be the oldest standing building in Caldwell County, and for the second time in its 162 year history it had to be moved.

"The roof was caving in, it was being vandalized and it was a danger to citizens," Ronda Reagan with Friends of the Brock Cabin said.

Back in 2008, the Lockhart City Council had planned to remove the cabin from the park. Citizens stepped in and an effort was made to save the structure.

On Thursday, after 4 years of fundraising and planning, the cabin was moved to its new home.

"Exciting and a little bit nerve-racking, but I had all the confidence in the world in this moving crew," Reagan said.

Once on the truck, the cabin made its way under utility lines and up U.S. Highway 183 to a more prominent place in the same park.

"It's a small little cabin, I understand, and it may look nondescript and unimportant, but it's a very important part of the county's history," Glenn Oldham, architect, said. "What would Mr. Brock be thinking as he saw this cabin moving down the road? He'd probably be very surprised."

Andrew Lee Brock raised nine children in the historic cabin. A prominent developer in his day, he's responsible for several of the buildings on the courthouse square.

"It's part of our history. It tells how our forefathers lived, our pioneer fathers of Lockhart," Reagan said.

The non-profit group Friends of the Brock Cabin paid to have the historic building moved. They're also raising funds that will be used for the restoration and upkeep of the historic home.

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