LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Some argue that Little Rock would not be here today if it weren't for one man named William Woodruff.
A Confederate general, founder of the Arkansas Gazette, and namesake for Woodruff County, he has as much history in the state as just about anyone. But one of his biggest traces is begging to be saved on the east side of town.
In 1853, Woodruff bought 18 acres of land on the corner of 8th and McLean where he built a 13-bedroom home.
Over the years it has deteriorated, now to the point of dilapidation, and the city and some local community members are doing their best to bring it back to life.
"A lot of people are really excited about it I mean it's such a significant house," explained Rhea Roberts, director of the Quapaw Quarter Association.
If seeing is believing then Roberts doesn't need to do a lot of convincing.