The OES visited the M.M. Crites Octagon House on October 25, 2003. This unique eight-sided home in Circleville is believed to have been built between 1855 and 1856 by a man named George Gregg. The house may have been built to resemble the octagonal courthouse that was at Circleville's center when the town was originally laid out as a circle. The home featured a large free-standing spiral staircase in its center leading up to the second floor. The rooms were divided like a sliced pie. Every room had a door on each side to allow people to walk from room to room. The oak and pine woodwork of the home's interior was spectacular. With a house this unique, who would want it gone? Apparently WalMart did. This created much controversy in Circleville because WalMart bought the land the old Crites house sat on to build a new WalMart Super Center. WalMart originally wished to simply demolish the home to start building their store. Luckily the Roundtown Conservancy group came to the rescue. The group was able to raise enough money to move the house out of WalMart's way. The Roundtown Conservancy is still raising money to make more repairs and relocate the house to a new site. What exactly the house will be used for has not yet been determined. The group may use the home as a museum, art gallery, or welcome center. Whatever it will be used as will definitely be a better outcome than the wrecking ball. If you would like to donate to the cause, please visit the Rountown Conservancy's website. (Thanks to Carla Gill for the update and for the photo of the Octagon House on the trailer).