GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- It's a property dispute of the worst kind -- a local couple thought their property line angled one way, only to find out years later it angled another.
Now, it's putting part of their home on the chopping block. So, where is the line?
“When they surveyed they said it cuts back this way instead of this way,” Anna Perry said.
We're talking about the difference of about an acre. That may not seem like much until you hear this:
“That includes our shed, our cabin, our water, our power, our driveway,” Perry said.
In other words, it includes most of what Perry and her husband, Doug, have spent most of their lives building -- literally building by hand.
“We built this cabin out of old rough lumber,” Anna said. “This is where we have all of our holidays, Christmas, birthday parties."
But, now a misunderstanding over a property line with the Wayne National Forest threatens their cabin, a pond that serves as their water source, their electricity, which is buried underground, another building and a tool shed.
“This tool shed is very important to us," Anna said. "Oh my God, it's where we build all of our stuff."
The Perrys bought the property 21 years ago in Gallia Gounty -- about six acres total. Then, they were told where the property line was. But, after a land survey in August, they received a letter from the Wayne National Forest with a map clarifying that line.
"That's when I lost it," Anna said. "I really thought about killing myself because I’m looking over there and seeing what all I had to do.
“They want all of our stuff off and said if we don't they're going to come here and bulldoze everything. I've cried until I don't have any more tears,” Anna said.
To make matters worse, Anna is recovering from colon cancer, her husband is a disabled veteran and they live on a fixed income. Removing the buildings will not be easy or cheap.
The couple has offered the forest three other acres in exchange for the one and have even offered to buy the acre.
“And if they take it, we're not going to have no water, no power, no cabin, no nothing. I'm willing to do whatever it takes in my power to keep that one acre,” Anna said.
WSAZ.com's Carrie Cline talked with officials from the Wayne National Forest late Tuesday afternoon. They said they are stewards of public property and must put their interests first. While they considered a land swap with the Perrys, they decided that wasn't the best action of the public.
Forestry officials said they're very willing to work with the Perrys to give them extra time to get their buildings moved, and there are no plans to bulldoze anything.
The Wayne National Forest suggests anytime anyone makes plans to build on property that they check with the neighboring property owner to make sure they know where the line is.
+ Ashland, KY
+ Athens, OH
+ Beckley, WV
+ Charleston, WV
+ Clarksburg, WV
+ Clay, WV
+ Gallipolis, OH
+ Huntington, WV
+ Ironton, OH
+ Logan, WV
+ Morgantown, WV
+ Paintsville, KY
+ Parkersburg, WV
+ Pikeville, KY
+ Pomeroy, OH
+ Ripley, WV
+ Spencer, WV
+ Sutton, WV
+ Wayne, WV
+ Wheeling, WV
+ Williamson, WV