Two West Virginia men hauling away stuff local residents had set out for town pick-up, also took Blacksburg’s historic Alexander Black House (also known as "Bleak House"), Wednesday night.
“It was inevitable,” said local resident Elizabeth Todd, while walking her dog past the now empty lot off Draper Road. “The place had been decaying there for years. I call it the black bird house because starlings nest in the holes."
People who troll the town’s neighborhoods to pick through discarded household items are a common sight. But the brash trash stashing of an entire house caught the town unawares.
“That’s our historic decaying bleak black bird house!” complained hysterical Historical Town Stuff manager Donald Rickles. “We want it back! Though we’re not paying for the transportation.”
The Victorian era bird house now sits comfortably on a hillside in Hinton, West Virginia. The two dudes who hauled the structure away, Cody Foutz and Lester Paynes, moved in and spruced the interior up with caulking, curtains, and a new coat of paint.
“Finders keepers,” snorted Cody while rocking on the porch, drinking a Bud Lite, and enjoying his new abode’s view of trees in spring renewal. "Yep," added Mr. Paynes, nodding his head in agreement.
When told the old house was once a funeral home, Mr. Foutz shrugged. “Well, my friend, it was clearly dead, wasn’t it? Shoot, Lester and I should bill the town of Blacksburg for hauling the dang house away! Right, Lester?"
Later, they did.