The Major Newton Walker home is one of the most historically significant buildings in town. The city purchased the property hoping to restore it as a museum.
The building is more than 150 years old. The original owner, Major Newton Walker, constructed the city's old courthouse, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Volunteers say other historical buildings were recently torn down, and they didn't want that to happen again.
"You know I think people will be happy to see that we're at least trying to save part of their history and bring them more of a sense of their own history," said volunteer Kelvin Sampson.
Volunteers have taken over the project. It's unclear when the project will be completed.