The Clarke House, built in the 1920s, was at one time before the Chesterfield County Preservation Committee and was about to be put on the chopping block. County Commissioner Dale Patton came to the rescue, buying the dilapidated old place.
The copper and fireplaces had been stolen and Patton virtually rebuilt the house losing a heat pump to thieves in the process. Last year Patton sold the house under the provision that the house would be saved. But there was a problem: the house sat in the way of the entrance to a new subdivision. The house had to moved and now sits in its final resting place some 500 feet east of its original location.