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Historic Florida home became makeshift Houseboat as it awaited a new plot of land
A historic Florida home ended up stuck at sea once, after is was was evicted from its seaside plot. The owners of the hundred-year-old Stambaugh Cottage were forced to move it to make way for an encroaching golf course. Instead of demolishing the quaint cottage, the descendants of the pioneer who built it put it on a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway with the intent of moving it to a new spot. But the home got stuck at sea as it awaits historic preservation status, where it ultimately spent 3 years until it finally found a new home in North Carolina.
The rustic yellow house was an odd site, as boats jetted around the make-shift barge island in the harbor near Peanut Island. Initially, the owners thought its life at sea would be short-lived, and it would head to Palm Beach Maritime Museum as a historic representation of pioneering in the area. But since historic preservation is a long process in Palm Beach County, the home remained at sea for 3 years.
The Palm Beach Country Club, which coveted the land the home was on, ponied up $10,000 to have the house relocated. A contractor donated the barge, and the owners applied to donate the home Lake Worth, the Palm Beach Maritime Museum and other venues, but no one was biting. It seemed that the home, which was owned by Orrell Gleason Stambaugh, and engineer that built some of the first roads in West Palm Beach, was not a desirable addition to the Landmark Foundation or other organizations that preserve Florida’s history.
The cottage ultimately found a home in North Carolina after the owner was forced to disassemble it and move it.
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