"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
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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.”