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Posted: July 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Historic Dupree home to relocate

One of the most recognizable and well-known houses in Social Circle will soon have a new home.

Crews plan to move Celeste Sigman Dupree’s 156-year-old house to its new location at Magnolia Manor, located on N. Cherokee Road, on Tuesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 16 after a three-year process that could only have brought a happy ending due to all involved parties caring too much about the historic home to tear it down.

“It’s been an amazing story and one that had a really good conclusion,” said Tom Brown, chair of the Social Circle Historic Preservation Commission. “It’s been worth every minute of it. It’s nice when you can work on something like that and it has a good result.”

Brown said the porch, which was not part of the original historic home, has already been removed to prepare for Tuesday and Wednesday. Although it is not required to reattach the porch to keep the house on the National Register of Historic Places, the plan is to put it back on and reconstruct the house with all original material.

One truck will pull the house, Brown said, allowing for a cheaper and safer move.

Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, bought Dupree’s home from the First Baptist Church of Social Circle so the church could use the land as it wants. The church bought the home in 2005 after Dupree’s passing.

The first step will be to put two steel beams under the home, placing dollies under it and “doing whatever it takes to pull it down to the new location.”

“I think a lot of folks will be happy,” Owens said. “The church can now do what it wants to do and be happy the house found a home instead of being demolished.”

Tuesday’s work will end once the home reaches power lines about 300 feet away. Georgia Power, AT&T and Comcast will arrive around 7 a.m. Wednesday to remove utility lines. Once this is completed, Owens said, the home can be moved the final 1,000 yards.

A foundation was being built in the days leading up to the move on the Magnolia Manor land where the home will sit.

Clark Street will be closed Wednesday, and homes near the school and church may see power outages. Owens said he hopes it will only be for a few hours.

“I imagine there will be quite a crowd,” Owens said. “We’re looking forward to getting it done and moving on to phase two, which is restoration. It should be completed in a year to a year and a half.”

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