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House travels the Intracoastal Waterway to its new location

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People watch as the barge takes the house through the Intracoastal Waterway. People watch as the barge takes the house through the Intracoastal Waterway.
The house moving through the Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge. The house moving through the Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge.
Tuesday, the house was moved onto the barge in preparation for the journey. Tuesday, the house was moved onto the barge in preparation for the journey.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - A historic beach cottage was saved from demolition Wednesday as a barge moved it to its new location.

The historic beach Palmgren-O'Quinn house, built in 1946, was saved from demolition by a donation.

The homeowner donated the structure to the North Carolina Coastal Federation. It will serve as the group's new office and as a coastal education center.

The home began its journey to the Wrightsville Beach historic square on West Salisbury Street Wednesday afternoon at 4:00, during high tide.

It was moved from South Channel Drive, where trees kept it from simply being driven by a truck to its new location.

The barge carried the home from Banks and Motts Channels, up the Intracoastal Waterway, through the Heidi Trask drawbridge and into Lee's Cut.

From the barge, it was loaded onto a truck and driven to its new home.

According to the NC Coastal Federation, in all, this is a $1.2 million dollar project. Half of that comprises of the homes total value, which was donated to the non-profit. The other half was spent by the Coastal Federation to move and renovate the structure.

The office and education center will open later this year.

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