Historic Hudson Home is Victim of Hit and Run

Updated: 10/13/2013 9:55 PM KSTP.com By: Beth McDonough





A historic home in Hudson is the talk of the town. It was the victim of a hit and run driver.  The building is seriously damaged.

And now the famed Octagon House has yet another story to share.  It's aptly named for its novel eight-sided Victorian mansion.  It's a treasure according to the Director Heidi Rushmann, "this is one of the oldest houses in Hudson, built in 1855."

For the past 50 years, it’s been a museum.  Its storied history is about the musically-inclined Moffat-Hughes family, and attracts tourists all the time.  

Especially this weekend, when folks stopped by to see an event for themselves, "it looks like a bomb went off on our porch."

Not a bomb, but an SUV plowed into the museum about 1 a.m. Saturday morning.  

Michael Vitullo happened to be walking home.  He couldn't believe his eyes, "swerved sharply, came across the lawn here, slammed into the house at well over 30 mph." Vitullo called police.  
When officers arrived, the vehicle was still there, but the driver was long gone, "I knew it was trouble, whoever it was," said Vitullo.

The porch is so damaged it looks like a lumber yard, mighty pillars are busted, the foundation cracked, "what makes this repair all the more difficult is the mere fact that the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places."

Rushmann says, "there's a whole slew of rules, what materials can be used, what way, it all must conform to what's already here."

Hudson Police know who's responsible, now they're trying to find out where the driver is.  

As for the museum itself, "the saga continues, never a dull moment at the Octagon house," says Rushmann.  She doesn't know how much it'll cost to fix the damage.

Because most of the damage is to the outside of the museum, it'll be open for business Sunday and during the week.  

The crash is under investigation by police.