Moving Update…May 6, 2013

Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in so long! We have kind of been at a standstill. As of March 29th, the house has officially been moved!

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That is where the house used to be…

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And this is where it is now…

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Eight of the ten pieces are across the street from our property, waiting to be put in to place. The piece that has the kitchen, screened porch, back hall, back stairs, butlers pantry, and dining room is on our property….

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And the gazebo is on our property…Now we are waiting for the house mover to finish a project he is working on, and he will be back to put it all back together. He told us it should be around the first of May, so hopefully we will be getting started on Phase II soon!

Kary

Sometimes I link to:

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things

House Update with Floor Plans…10/30/12

It is so exciting! Last week we were featured in The Greenville News. No, I am not 14 months pregnant, even though I look like it in the picture. I didn’t know they were taking my picture that day! The house movers have started cutting up the third floor…they will be cutting each floor into three pieces.

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We have been measuring the lot, trying to decide where the house will be positioned.

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This is where the front porch will be, see the two stakes?

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That is a well, conveniently located in front of the house. John thinks a fountain would be too pretentious…what do you think? Can you picture it? Nothing big and tacky, of course!

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I am including preliminary floor plans of the house today, but we only have good plans of the first and second floors. The cellar and third floor plans are still in progress. I think we will use the servants room as an office. The third floor has two bedrooms, a bathroom, attic storage, and an extra room that I think we will use for the boys’ den. We have a total of 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths.
Here is the first floor plan:

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Here is the second floor plan:

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Kary

*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things

We were featured in the Greenville News…Historic House on the Move


Greater Greer News 10/24/2012, Page A01
Historic house on the move in Greer
Couple to restore Barnwell home
By Katie Jones
Greater Greer News kjones4@greenvillenews.com
The Newsomes stumbled upon the Arthur Barnwell house.
Kary Newsome’s mom was having back surgery at the Village at Pelham — a stone’s
throw from the house on State14 in Greer. Her husband, John Newsome, went to check
on her mother when he found the house.
“We came up and looked around,” she said. “And fell in love with it.” So the Newsomes
purchased the house for $1.
“This is my home. This is my baby. I’m in love with it. It’s like a part of the family at this
point. We’ve spent so much time over here. I just love it.” They first found the house in
March 2012, bought it in May and began working on it the following summer, Newsome
said. Newsome said she hopes to move into the house within the next year, after the
house is moved about a mile away and restored.
“The important thing was to find a piece of land that it would have been there naturally,”
Newsome said. “We didn’t (want) it in a subdivision.” The house sits on eight acres but
the Newsomes only own the house. After the house is moved, they’ll grade the land for
the property owner so it can be sold for commercial development.
Moving the house will probably cost it its historic status, said Mike Bedenbaugh,
executive director of The Palmetto Trust for the Historic Preservation.
Being on the National Register allows for tax breaks, Bedenbaugh said, but it doesn’t
protect the house, a common misconception.
The Palmetto Trust was “so happy” to hear that the Newsomes were going take “the
time and money and effort to do this, which is substantial,” Bedenbaugh said.
“It’s terribly sad that the place can’t be kept where it was,” he said. “I’m glad some are
willing to make the sacrifice to take that extra step to make the investment to save what
they can of the building.” According to the South Carolina Archives and History
Department, the house was built between 1880 and 1900 in conjunction with Pelham
Mills and belonged to Arthur Barnwell, Pelham Manufacturing Co. president.
The house has a parlor, a secondary parlor, a library, a cellar, a butler’s pantry and a
maid’s bedroom. They’ve removed five chimneys and eight fireplaces from the house,
Newsome said.
The house will be divided into nine pieces — “three on top, three on the middle and
three at the bottom,” said Melvin Bradley, owner of Bradley’s House Movers.
The house has been severely vandalized. Windows and shutters have been busted out.
Obscenities, slurs and crude drawings have been spray painted on the walls. The
Newsomes have found drug paraphernalia inside.
Bedenbaugh said the vandalism was “one of the most terrible things to witness to
happen to this magnificent place.”
It’s a party house, Newsome said. Graffiti around the front door agrees, but it also states
that the house is haunted. But that’s not what the Newsomes see. “To some people this
is an abandoned house,” Newsomesaid.“But this is my home. This is where I plan to live
the rest of my life. It really makes me angry when people come in here and destroy my
home.” If the graffiti is accurate, vandals were in the house as recently as this summer
— “TD (hearts) KD 7/30/12.” “They come in and they party,” Newsome said. “They kick
out the windows. There was a guy living upstairs.”
John Newsome said he’s never moved a house before, but has restored a house.
The couple has four sons between them — 11, 14, 27 and 28 years old — and the
house has been “a big family project,” Newsome said. “They’ve all spent all summer
over here, working on the house,” she said. The house and its history are irreplaceable,
Newsome said. “You think about all the families that have lived here and had children
here and died here,” she said. “You can’t replace this.” Follow the Newsomes’ progress
at onedollarcottage.com/category/myhouse.
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Arthur Barnwell House, Moving Update, 10/8/12

What an exciting weekend! Our house mover started bringing in equipment!

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I was so happy when I saw the beams under the house, I almost started crying! It is finally happening!

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The boys had a blast with the skid steer over at the lot, clearing trees, rocks, vines and everything else to get the lot ready.

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There are a lot of decisions to be made. How far back will the house sit, where will the drive be, how much of a front walk do we want, which trees do we keep, where will the carriage house be…but it is fun deciding!
Woo hoo!

Kary

*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage, Curb Alert!

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks

Arthur Barnwell House Moving Update…10/2/12

I know I haven’t posted a moving update in a while, but we have been in a bit of a holding pattern! Here is a recap of what has happened since April:

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Here is what the house looked like when we found it. We removed the 5 chimneys, 8 fireplaces, foundation, doors, hardware, HVAC, moldings, wainscoting, and anything else that was removable. We cleared the trees and brush from around the house.

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This is what it looks like now. It is ready to move! The weather here in the upstate of South Carolina has not been cooperating with us. The house mover is bringing his equipment in as soon as the ground is dry enough, and we will clear the last of the trees from the front of the property, along with the gate. Then the house will be cut into 8 pieces, removed with a crane, loaded on a truck, and moved to its new home.

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Here are are youngest two boys exploring the lot…now we need to get it measured, and figure out exactly where the house will be. Then we build the foundation. We are trying to save as many of the old oak, hickory, and black walnut trees as possible. A few more weeks, and the house will be there! I am so excited, I can’t believe it is actually happening…woo hoo!

Kary

*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks

Moving Update!

My husband is back in Portland until Friday, so after my weekly junking I went over to check on the house. The house itself is pretty much ready to move. Now we are working on getting the physical landscape around the house cleared away so that the movers can load it up. My brother-in-law has been cutting down trees and chopping them up, and our son Rob was moving all of the tree remnants.

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Exciting!!

Kary

What have I gotten myself into?

One day back in March, my mother was having back surgery at the Village Hospital off of highway 14, here in Greer, SC. It was a long, 6 hour surgery, on a nasty, rainy day. My husband came over from work at lunch to check on mom and to bring me and my father some lunch. On the way back to work, he noticed a house he had never seen before. There was a commercial real estate sign out front. It sat up on a hill overlooking the highway and the old Pelham Mill dam. It was a very sad and forlorn looking house. Vandals had destroyed the once grand staircase, smashed any remaining glass in the house, including the original stained glass, kicked holes in the doors and windows, spray painted pictures and obscenities on the walls…it was a mess!

John called me when he got back to work to tell me about the house. He couldn’t stop thinking about it, and the next day at lunch he came and got me from the hospital, and we went to look at it. It was love at first sight! Even in its dilapidated state, you could see what it had been, and what it could be. The owner was no longer interested in the house. Long story short, my husband negotiated with the owner, and got the house, with the agreement that we would move it from the property so that the owner could sell the eight acres of land for commercial use.

We were trying to figure out what the story was on the house. I decided to look up historic places nearby, and happened upon a listing in the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and realized I was looking at a picture of our house thirty years ago! www.nationalregister.sc.gov/greenville/S10817723019/index.htm We have now been able to do research on the history of the house and on the people who have lived there. The state historical society is not thrilled with us moving it, but if we don’t, it will be destroyed. The house has an amazing history, and an old house, although a lot of work, has attributes that you just can’t find in a new house. I am awed when I stand in my front hall and look up the grand, floating staircase, and imagine all of the things that have transpired there.

We have a house mover, have consulted with the state transportation people, and have a piece of land nearby to move it to. We have removed doors, wainscoting, moldings, and anything else that the vandals have not destroyed. We have run off kids partying and doing more damage there numerous times, and had to call the cops a few times. We have taken down the five chimneys for the eight fireplaces, and have spent countless hours cleaning off the bricks so that we can use them at the new property. The trees in front are now coming down to make way for the house to come down off the hill.

The house has become a member of the family. I am sure our sons have not always been too happy with mom’s new baby, as they had to spend a substantial part of their summer working on it. I am amazed at how much they have learned to do, and I know they will realize how great the skills they have learned are some day, although it may be a while! Now we just have to get the final steps done, and the Arthur Barnwell House will be on its way to the next chapter in its long and distinguished life.

Kary

*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Bowl Full of Lemons, Between Naps on the Porch, The Coloradolady, Common Ground, Five Days Five Ways, Funky Junk Interiors, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, House of Hepworths, My Romantic Home, Not Just a Housewife, Organize & Decorate Everything, Positively Splendid, Someday Crafts, Skip to my Lou, Shabby Creek Cottage, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, the 36th Avenue, Tatertots & Jello, Ivy and Elephants