A 1916 Craftsman farmhouse began its journey from the north end of Oakland Bay outside Shelton to Sequim early Saturday morning.
For about a century, the house sat on 125 acres in the Deer Creek area. Capitol Land Trust purchased the property in 2010 and last year, the land conservation organization determined the house had to be removed. Land Trust officials contacted Nickel Bros. house moving who quickly found a couple moving to Sequm looking for a Craftsman House to renovated and the move was on.
Nickel Brothers workers removed the house from its foundation and moved it across a hay field. At 2 AM, the house was moved onto Highway 3 which had to be shutdown to accommodate the size of the structure as it traveled south on SR-3 about a mile and a half. That journey to an area south of Mason Lake Road where a barge waited, took an hour and a half.
The slow moving wide load had pilot vehicles in front and behind. Crews from Mason County PUD 3 and North Sky Communications – working for CenturyLink – were also on hand to lift overhead lines along the route to accomodate the house’s height.
At high tide, the house was backed onto the barge before being pulled out into the bay.
The cost of this move: $162,000 plus utilities.