House-moving day on Ocracoke
....WITH SLIDE SHOW
By CONNIE LEINBACH
It’s moving day on Ocracoke. House-moving day, that is.
and Rebecca Gallaher this year were given a historic home along Creek
Road with the proviso that they’d move it to another island location.
they prepared the house by dismantling an older section of it, the move
began early on Wednesday morning after Bray’s House Moving of Camden
rolled it onto the trailer bed, Aaron said.
“There were a lot of
logistics to this,” he explained as the house was stopped in front of
Blackbeard’s Lodge on Back Road while Tideland EMC crews raised up two
of the many lines across streets the house traveled.
logistics included organizing the electric and cable companies and
sheriff’s deputies to be on hand during the move, and getting all the
The early-morning Ocracoke Coffee Company crowd was out
by the street, along with some of the Ocracoke School classes, as the
house rounded the curve on Back Road.
A cheer rose up as the house came into view.
“It’s like a parade,” said Jude Wheeler.
portion of the house that was moved is a newer part built in the 1920s
while the oldest part, built around the turn of the 20th century,
was not moved since it has sustained irreparable damage over the years,
Aaron said. However, the couple will salvage as much of the
oldest part as possible to rebuild that section in the new location.
it is all complete by around Labor Day next year, the house will have
three bedrooms and two and a half baths, Aaron said.
Aaron, whose main job is as a bartender at Howard’s Pub, will do a lot of the work. Becky is a teacher at Ocracoke School.
By 10 a.m., the move was complete and the house parked at its new location along Second Avenue.
“Stage one complete,” Becky said as the truck was turned off.
next step today will be to jack the house up 12 feet then lower it to
its final height of 10 feet off the ground, said Julian Bray, owner of
the moving company.
On Friday, the pilings on which the house will stand, will arrive, Aaron said.
This wasn’t the most difficult house-moving job the company has done, Julian said.
went good,” he said as the crew took a break awaiting the arrival of
the equipment to raise the house up. “The neighbor was outstanding and
(Belhaven Cable) and Tideland did a nice job.” Bray had to back
the house over the yard of a house owned by Dick Tunnell of Swan
Bray, standing with Carl O’Neal, who will do the
foundation work, said the last buildings he recalled moving on Ocracoke
were two in the mid-1990s for Wayne Clark, who owns Edwards of Ocracoke.
Gallaher’s house is 900 square feet, Bray said, but recently his
company moved a 4,000 square-foot house in Corolla. That took
five working days; the Gallaher’s house will take three days.
said his company mostly raises houses up off the ground, most recently
raising a home owned by Kenny Ballance along Back Road.
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