Yesterday was a lot of fun watching this house get moved from Oak Harbor to Coupeville. That sounds like an easy enough task but it was a very long hard day for a lot of hard working men and women.
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The Jerome Ely house was built in 1879, he was the first mayor of Oak Harbor. It was owned by the Whidbey Presbyterian Church since 2008. The rumor is that the new owners payed one dollar for the house but spent around $130,000 to move it.
They took it through the streets of Oak Harbor down to the water where it was loaded on a barge and ferried across Penn Cove to Coupeville. From there it was unloaded and moved to it’s new home on Lauren Street. Here is the route.
The series of photos below show it arriving at the Thomas A.Coupe Park in Coupeville and being unloaded. I was cloudy and raining when they unloaded it. That’s why the last photo is so dark. I believe you can click on the pictures to enlarge them.
It took a long time to get it out of the parking lot because of the tight turn and some landscape boulders that were in the way.
They turned west on 9th Street and soon ran into two problems. They swerved to the left to miss a streetlight and the roof caught a power line. They ended up removing the streetlight and moving a little to the right to get the power line off the house.
After a few hours they finally they made it one block and then turned the corner south on Gould Street. I took a long time to make the turn and had to remove some more lines.
It was starting get too dark for photos so I took two more and called it a day. These two are looking down Gould Street from where it will turn onto 4th Street and looking up Gould Street toward the turn at the top of the hill.
This morning I wet to it’s new resting location and it looks great sitting in the woods. I just wish I could have followed it all the way but I’m sure they went well into the night and probably the early morning as well.
I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. I’m also going to put a video together about it.