Monday, November 29, 2010

Dawn House Movers

No, this isn’t an advertisement. I have never worked with this company before although I wish I had. Not long ago there was a cottage nearby I desperately wanted to move to my property but after speaking with these savvy experts, quickly realized it would not be possible for various reasons. Trust me, I don’t give in easily, so they had their work cut out in convincing me.

Nonetheless I wanted to highlight them in a blog. Not only are they experts in their field across Long Island, they are also preservation heroes. While they’re not in the business of doing favors, because of them and their way of thinking creatively and working as problem-solvers, many more structures have been saved that would otherwise have been lost to date. They have even, occasionally, done historic moves for free! Here is one example:

The Yaphank Historical Society and The Suffolk County Parks Department worked together to restore the Mary Louise Booth house. The first step in the restoration was to have the house moved down East Main Street in Yaphank and onto Suffolk County Parklands with DHM completing the move flawlessly. The house was built in 1823. “Mary Louise Booth was born in this house in Millville (Now Yaphank) in 1831. Her father was the village schoolmaster. At an early age, she showed proficiency in languages. At age fourteen, she moved from Millville (Yaphank) to Brooklyn where she taught school and continued her studies. In 1859, she published the first comprehensive history of the city of New York. She also translated over 40 volumes from French. In 1867 she was invited to become the first editor of Harper's Bazaar. The magazine became a huge success. As editor, she published the fiction and essays of popular authors. Articles on interior decoration and fashion also played a part in the magazines popularity. Its circulation rose to 80,000. Mary Louis remained editor of Harper's Bazaar until her death in 1889. Mary Louise Booth is perhaps the most nationally recognized person to have lived in Millville (Yaphank). It is very important that her birthplace be recognized and preserved."[1]

By the way, the photo at the top is the Sagaponack house, built in the 1930s, now owned by the Peconic Land Trust. This has been in the papers a lot, and is also well-documented on DHM’s website.

“When you partake in a house moving or raising project, you are helping to preserve our history today, for tomorrow, as well as continue the on-going effort to make a "Green world.” DHM
[1] Karen Mouzakes, Yaphank Historical Society

1 comment:

  1. I appresiate the effort you have put in writing all of this. The whole blog has very interesting articles and posts, a person can learn one or two things from reading one or two.