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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Moving a house at Wrightsville Beach will mean traffic delays Wednesday and Thursday.

The Palmgren-O’Quinn House will be moved to a site near the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History and the town’s visitors’ center to become the new southeastern regional office of the NC Coastal Federation, as well as the group’s new environmental education center, according to the StarNews.

Crews will use a barge to move the house along the Intracoastal Waterway. That means the bridge will open at 5 p.m. Wednesday for longer than usual so the barge can get through.

Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, the home is scheduled to travel west along a short stretch of US 74 beginning at Pelican Drive and ending at W. Salisbury St. While the move is taking place, the structure will occupy both travel lanes of US 74.

Wrightsville Beach Police will be on site to stop traffic and escort the house along US 74.

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  • Brian Working Citizen

    Why Schedule During Rush Hour? A delayed bridge at this time is frustrating/silly… Nevertheless I appreciate the warning. Maybe I will catch a movie at Mayfaire.

  • steve

    Had to be done during high tide

  • sherrie west

    Oh my-a cousin just called me to tell me about the house. My grandfather, Einar Palmgren, built the house in 1948. I spent every summer there from 1956 until 1970. When the house was sold my mother, sister, and I all lost a piece of heart. There is no way to describe the emotional connection we have with the beach house. (Our husbands joke about another BH story!!) I live in New Bern and am planning to be there for the move. Would I be able to see it? I also, need to meet with someone from the Coastal Federation about documentation. I have so many pictures, stories, etc.!!!

    Sherrie West

  • Jessica Peluso

    My grandmother was Emily Christine Palmgren, her father was the original owner of this house. Over the years my mother has shared many of her childhood memories of spending every summer summer there. She will be driving down from New Bern to watch the move, I think it will be bittersweet… Please contact me if the federation would like any copies of pictures my mother has saved from the house prior to selling it in the 70’s.

  • please let me know the company that moved the house and how to reach them..thank you very


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