Historic Home to travel across 50 and water
EASTON, Md. – For over 250 years the Galloway Mansion has sat off of Chapel Road in Easton, Md., as time has passed it by. However now, it will be the house passing things as it will be moving to its new home in Queenstown.
The man behind the move, Christian Neeley. Neeley fell in love with the house, but not the location. Route 50 is not far from the house, as well as an Olive Garden, Chipotle and a sub-development. A far cry from the sprawling landscape that once surrounded it.
So Neeley’s plan is to move the house to a place a little more fitting, the historic Cheston on the Wye estate which he purchased.
Here’s where things get interesting though. Moving the house will not be easy since it’s made of brick and can’t move more than 5 miles per hour as crews steer it by hand. The house will first cross route 50 Tuesday night, then head down route 322 Wednesday and Friday.
After that, the house will be loaded onto a barge so it can float 50 miles on the Chesapeake Bay to its new home.
“We could not find a piece of property that we could drive the house to 12 so we’re taking to the boat dock and putting in on a barge and floating it out in the bay and eventually pulling it up to the new property we bought,” said Neeley.
As it floats thought, a lot of history will be floating with it.
The house, built in 1760, was a wedding gift given by the Chamberlaine family to their daughter Henrietta Maria Chamberlaine Nicols and her new husband William Nicols. In addition to the house, the young couple was also given 600 acres on which the house sat. The house would see the birth of the Nicols four children and untimely death of both parents by 1778.
The final resting point though has an interesting twist. One of the daughters of the Nicols family was married off to a man by the name of Edward deCoursey, whose family just happened to own the Cheston on the Wye estate.
“She is actually buried in the family cemetery that’s on the property, so her grave is about 500 feet from where the house will ultimately sit,” said Neeley.
And it’s that small connection that makes this move not just about Neeley and his family, but also about continuing the history of the Eastern Shore.
“So by finding the connections and understanding that you know this actually isn’t that weird, it is not going to a random place, It’s actually staying in the family makes the history continue to live on and create continuity in the story,” said Neeley.