Historic photo: Horse power

May 14, 2017

May is National Historic Preservation Month. In the spring of 1930, the newspaper headline read: “Belfast Woman Saves Home Marked for Wrecker’s Axe.” It was referring to the historic Charles Treadwell house built in 1832, located at the corner of High and Miller streets. The house was slated for demolition by Texaco Oil Co., which planned to build a gas station on the site when Mrs. Dewitt Brewster purchased it and had it moved a mile down High and Northport Avenue to a new site near City Park. The move, which took two weeks to complete, was made possible by heavy timber cribwork and the pulling power of one horse walking around a “winch.” This photograph shows the house and the horse at their destination.

Photograph courtesy of Belfast Museum.

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