"As mother and son came abreast of the front corner of the house, they saw that it was being drawn by eight yoke of titanic oxen."
Oxen Teams Move a House down State Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts - Credit: Courtesy of Historic New England
Apparently, moving houses in the 19th
century was not all that uncommon. According to the blog, The Down East Dilettante
, in 1845, Elizabeth Prince Peabody described a house-moving she witnessed in Danvers, Massachusetts: “The building came along slowly, drawn by yokes of oxen. Every yoke had a driver beside it with goads, hurrying them with a ‘Hush-whoa’. It seemed as though there were 20 or 40 yoke of oxen