March 7, 2013

Newcastle residents fight efforts to raze house

The Associated Press

NEWCASTLE — Some residents of Newcastle are fighting plans to tear down what they say may be the oldest house in Lincoln County.

The house is said to date to 1730, but has been vacant for two years.

The new owner wants to tear it down and start over.

Neighbor Mic Lebel tells WCSH-TV the house is an important part of their local history and should be saved. Lebel says some neighbors are talking about raising money to move the house and restore it.

Real estate agent Bob Whear says the house is rotted underneath and in bad shape. Whear says the new owner wants to use the old beams and boards to make the new house.

There is also concern that construction will disturb a nearby eagle's nest.

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