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Historic Burlington home makes a move

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It's a historic Burlington farm house that tells a 200 year old story. 

"It was a 300 acre farm and the first farmer here was Rubin Staniford, they named Staniford Road after", says developer, Eric Farrell.

While the road remains the home is moving.

"The challenge is to move this building, and our new mantra is just don't drop it. It's tender, it's delicate, so it has to be moved very carefully," says Bob Schwartz of Great Northern Construction.

Farrell is preparing the land for new housing lots. He has hired crews to move the home rather than just tear it down. Monday workers from Messier House Moving and Great Northern Construction teamed up to tackle the engineering feet. Together they carefully lifted the home, set on high-capacity dollies, and rolled it on a 200 yard journey down the road.

"You have to thread this building through the trees and we had about 12 inches between the trees and we had to make a couple of final cuts on branches, but we have preserved the trees as well as the historic wick house," says Schwartz.

The new location comes with a new foundation, it's an amenity Farrell says was needed to help potential buyers see new possibilities for the home. "The old foundation had low ceilings, the basement was wet, it was a stone foundation and the house needs to be restored and for someone to make a considerable investment into restoring the house they want it to be sitting on a good foundation with good utility services," he says.

The move and modern foundation come with a price tag of close to $150,000. It's an investment Farrell hopes pays off for him and the very old space.

"It is a painfully expensive process, I'm not complaining, because I think in the end it will be worth the trouble, I just hope someone comes along, sees the value in it and wants to restore it," says Farrell.

It will take crews about a week before the farmhouse is firmly in place at its new location.

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