Historic brick mansion built in 1760 is moved 50 miles on a BARGE in a two-week operation that cost $ 1M – after a buyer wanted a Georgian waterfront home in Maryland but couldn't find one
- A historic home built in 1760 has been transported more than 50 miles from Eaton to Queenstown in Maryland
- The massive relocation was organized by the Neeley family – who bought the building but wanted to buy it closer to their home on the water
- Moving the Georgian-style mansion took two years and cost almost $ 1 million to leave
- The house was transported five miles over land before being taken more than 50 miles downstream on a barge
A family from Maryland has transported a historic Georgian mansion more than 50 miles so that it can be housed on their waterfront property.
The massive relocation operation, which moved the three-story home from Eaton to Queenstown, took almost two weeks and cost nearly $ 1 million.
The property was purchased by Christian Neeley, who fell in love with the property, known as the Galloway House, and was built in 1760 – before the American War of Independence.
Neeley had hoped to find a similar house with a view of the water, but when none seemed to be available, he decided to ship Galloway House closer to the sea.
A family from Maryland has transported a Georgian country house more than 50 miles over land and sea so that it can be housed on their waterfront property. The historic house is seen on Wednesday during transport
The local Maryland, who works in cyber security, plans to turn the house into a family business where he will live with his parents, sister and her children.
Neely and his mom and dad decided to split the cost of transporting the historic home – it blew out to nearly seven digits.
Plans to relocate the building took two years to coordinate, as the country house had to be transported by road and water to reach its new destination.
& # 39; You have no idea – there were Delmarva, Eastern Utilities, Verizon, Atlantic Broadband who all had to agree to lower their line. And then there were the traffic lights that had to come down, & Pat 39 told Neely The Capital Gazette.
Galloway House had to go six miles through the city to reach the water, where it was loaded on a barge.
The land operation lasted four days, before a problem with the boat delayed the leg of the voyage.
Plans to relocate the building took two years to coordinate, as the country house would have to be transported by road and water to reach its new destination
It took less than 24 hours for the historic structure to finally arrive at its new destination in Queenstown
But before sunrise on Wednesday, Expert House Movers of Maryland finally helped load the 800,000-pound brick building onto the ship for its journey downstream.
It took less than 24 hours for the historic structure to finally arrive at its new destination in Queenstown.
Pat Neeley told Capital Gazette that her son, Christian, wants the house to serve as an estate for future generations of their family.
& # 39; The goal was to be able to say somewhere: & # 39; When you go home, you go here & # 39 ;, she said.
Meanwhile, Christian revealed that he plans to renovate the house and add an extension – which costs another $ 1 million.
He says that his decision to keep the original house is also about sustainability and a rejection of modern culture.
& # 39; We look at our society and where we are, and we have to return and start thinking about eliminating single use and going back to all these things, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We need things that last longer than disposable clothing that ends up in the ocean. & # 39;
The Neeley family fell in love with the property known as the Galloway House and was built in 1760 – before the American War of Independence
The house will now undergo an expensive renovation and will proudly settle down on the water in Queenstown
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