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Sometimes a house just needs to be moved no matter what’s the cost. Usually, these are historic structures that are in danger of demolition or flooding and has to be relocated to a safer spot. A professional house mover will first dig around the foundation of the house, raise it on hydraulic jacks, mount them on wheels and then roll them down the street carefully to the new location, typically a few hundred meter away or a few miles at most. At other times, if the structure permits and the relocation distance is longer, the house will be dismantled brick by brick, transported to the new location and reassembled in place. According to an article on HowStuffWorks, it’s possible to move houses this way across the country for hundreds of miles. But imagine moving a house for over 3,600 miles and across an ocean from one continent to another? That happened not once but twice during the 1920s.

The Virginia House at its original location in Warwickshire, England, in 1900. Photo credit: Virginia Historical Society

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