House Move Rescheduled for October

The planned move of a historic house from a nature preserve at the north end of Oakland Bay to Sequim, originally scheduled for last Saturday, has been rescheduled for October 7th. However, the house will be moved across a hay field Monday.

Nickel Brothers is the company moving the craftsman-style farmhouse and has removed the structure from its foundation. The Vancouver, BC-based house moving company will take the house across the field Monday sometime between noon and 3 PM. Workers will then install fencing around the house to secure it before the move a mile south down Highway 3 on October 7th.

The 35-foot wide, 21-foot tall house will take up both lanes of SR-3 and travel at 5 MPH. The move is scheduled to start at 2 AM and will travel from the Deer Creek area to just south of Mason Lake Road where it will be driven onto a barge. The State Patrol will provide traffic control and there will be pilot vehicles in front and behind the house. Traffic will NOT be able to get around the house as it makes its trip.

The barge will then be towed to Sequim. When the barge arrives in Sequim, the house will have to be towed about five miles to its new home.

The house is on the Capitol Land Trust’s Twin Rivers Ranch preserve at the north end of Oakland Bay. Capitol Land Trust (CLT) purchased the 125-acre property in 2010 from the Rohde family to provide permanent protection of the two salmon spawning creeks, marine shoreline and coastal wetlands located on the property.  The property also came with a craftsman-style farmhouse, several barns, mobile homes, and other assorted outbuildings. Many of the structures were removed when CLT purchased the property, as the trust began a series of restoration efforts to re-establish wider vegetation buffers along the salmon creeks. However, the Rohde family maintained a life estate over the house and several other buildings on the property up until 2016. The life estate allowed the family to continue living on the property until their passing at which time responsibility would transfer to the land trust.

Upon receiving full control of the property, CLT conducted a study to determine what role the farmhouse, which dates back to 1916, and other structures might play in the future of the Preserve. Based on the estimated cost of bringing the house up to current building code standards and the proximity of the house to one of the creeks, CLT reluctantly determined the house would have to be removed.

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