Octagonal House move planned

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Work on the Octagonal House located in the corner of Mount Allison’s King Street parking lot (in Sackville, New Brunswick) is set to begin, and a moving date for the building has tentatively been scheduled for Tuesday, June 19.

Octagonal House

“Energreen will start work this coming Monday (June 11),” said Geoff Martin, President of the Tantramar Heritage Trust. “June 19, weather permitting, Joe MacDonald House Movers will put the house on a moving trailer and begin the move.”

Martin explained that it wasn’t confirmed what time the move would begin, but assured that “The community will be advised of the plan.”

The route for the move will see the building taken down Main street directly from its current location in the parking lot, as far as the traffic lights downtown. There it will turn onto Bridge street before turning onto Lorne street for the last stretch of the move. It will be placed on the Queen’s Road property of the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre, where the foundation will be laid and the roof completed.

“The police will be involved in clearing traffic,” said Martin, who acknowledged that the RCMP and Sackville Public Works will help with the move. He also mentioned that the Town of Sackville will be ahead of the procession, removing crosswalk signs and other overhead obstacles temporarily until the house has passed.

Built in 1855 by Captain George Anderson, the Octagonal House is one of a few rare eight-sided houses which remain intact from that era.

Originally located in the Bulmer Lane area, with a view of the Port of Sackville, the house is “returning to its old neighbourhood,” according to Martin.

Sackville Tribune Post

Organizations: Tantramar Heritage Trust, Joe MacDonald House Movers, Boultenhouse Heritage Centre RCMP Octagonal House

Geographic location: Sackville

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