Mayfield's second oldest home is torn down


Photographer - Chad Darnall
Reporter - Briana Conner

MAYFIELD, Ky.— A house in Mayfield, Kentucky that had been standing for more than 150 years is now rubble. Crews demolished it Monday morning. There will be a parking lot built in its place.

Mike Hanover with The Mayfield Pediatric Clinic says Dr. Abid Hussain bought the house in September for $8,000. They plan to move the practice and turn the land where the house stood into an additional entrance and parking space. Hanover says the practice will eventually expand hire more nurse practitioners that can also see adult patients.

People who grew up near the home on 7th Street say they knew it wasn't practical to save the house, but they're still sad to see it go.

Brick, wood, and pipe can come together to make a lot more than just a house. It held together the second oldest home in Mayfield for 150 years, but now all that's left is headed to a landfill. "It couldn't be saved," said Mel Doughty. He came out to watch as workers scooped up the pieces of a once-storied house. "I think a confederate soldier once hid in the stairway," he said.

Standing since 1856, the house was moved to the 7th Street address from Mayfield's square. "That's part of what makes it so interesting," said Doughty. He looked on as part of Mayfield's history was hauled away as trash. "It's even worse than I thought it would be... seeing it all crumbled up like that," he said.

"Obviously it's irreplaceable," said John Davis. He studies Mayfield history and said turning the house into a museum turned out to be a pipe dream. "It would take, we figure, probably a quarter of a million dollars to buy the house, fix it up, and make a museum out of it." It was an impractical wish in the wind as pavers made way for progress. Davis said, "It really hits home now. There's nothing anyone can do or say to make any difference." Doughty added, "It's a sad reality. We knew it had to happen. You just don't want it to ever happen."

Doughty's home is now officially the second oldest in Mayfield. It was built in 1894. The owners say they don't plan to tear it down any time soon.

John Davis said he's writing a book about Mayfield's history that will include a section on the house and the Barton family who lived in it.