October 28, 2012

After move, treasured Wells landmark will have a new place in history

The town backs an effort to relocate the 1816 Storer Garrison House a short distance down Route 1.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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The Storer Garrison House, built in 1816 with historic timbers, is scheduled to be moved from its current Route 1 location to a new site on Nov. 7, depending on weather.

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"It's a nice old house, but it looks like a nice old house. It doesn't look like a hotel," Gagnon said.

Gagnon said McDermott's decision to take the house is "a win-win situation for the town." Razing the house was a last resort, he said.

"We're really happy we found a solution that works for everybody," he said.

Chase Building Movers, owned by town Selectman Chris Chase, last week began preparing the house for the move. Chase and his crew knocked down a solarium and are in the process of removing an office addition, which the town will keep for a use to be determined later. Chase said he anticipates using about 12 large steel beams of various sizes to lift and secure the house, which will then be towed the short distance to the opposite side of Route 1.

Chase said the building will be stored for the winter, then placed on a foundation next spring, somewhere on McDermott's property. Carter believes McDermott will use it to house summer employees.

Gagnon said he has friends and family who are already planning to come to Wells to watch the move.

"This is probably going to be one of the biggest things that's happened around here in a while," he said. "It will be fun to watch.

Staff Writer Gillian Graham can be contacted at 791-6315 or at:

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