Campbell Hall — For 10 years, a piece of Ramapo town history sat in a barn here in Orange County.

Campbell Hall — For 10 years, a piece of Ramapo town history sat in a barn here in Orange County.

Make that several, perhaps hundreds of, pieces of history — pine wood that made up the frame of a 1795 home once located in the Town of Ramapo in Rockland County. The house, built for iron miners working for Ramapo Land Co., was slated to be burned to the ground a decade ago because the quarry company was scaling back its operations.

Then-Ramapo historian Chuck Stead rallied to save it. About 10 volunteers spent weekends for three months taking apart the house with crowbars and their hands. It was then brought Noel Jablonski's barn in Campbell Hall. Jablonski, a civil engineer and owner of a Tuxedo antique shop, was recruited into the project by her cousin, Stead.

The barn, which shares a 1795 birthday with the house it stores, is one of the oldest barns in the state, and Jablonski received a $50,000 grant last year to restore it.

That prompted Ramapo, which had been itching for years to bring the house back, to begin looking for somewhere to place it. The town is working to acquire property along Torne Brook and turn it into a town park where the house will be rebuilt, said Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence. The house was returned to Ramapo Tuesday, to be rebuilt at a later date about a mile from its original location.

The house was first constructed in Sterling Forest near an iron mine there and was moved to Ramapo five years later when another mine opened up, Jablonski said.

People were more nomadic back then and houses were made Lincoln Log-style, with notches and ends that fit into other pieces so they could be built, taken apart and rebuilt with relative ease, Jablonski said.

"Everybody's moving this house around," she said. "It's like the little house that could."

Almost a dozen Ramapo employees and summer help came Tuesday for the arduous process of dusting off all the bat guano and taking each piece out of the barn. One worker dropped the end of a piece on the floor and it hit with a bang.

"Hey, careful, this is historical stuff," said Justin Driever , a 25-year-old college student at East Stroudsburg University.

"This is like," he looked it over and gave a quick appraisal, "$8,000."

Not exactly. More than a monetary value, the house does have a significant historical value for Ramapo. Restoration of the homes and mansions that once belonged to those who lent their names to an area can often be more of a priority. But the homes and lives of the working class, Jablonski said, are just as important to remember.