Old Home Treks Across Causeway From LBI to Barnegat

Jun 01, 2016
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

A home built approximately 90 years ago in Ship Bottom has been moved to Sassafras Hill Farm in Barnegat Township, where it will serve as the headquarters for farm manager Chris Adams.

Jay Thompson, a co-owner of Sassafras Hill, said it took him more than six hours to transport the brown-colored, 18- by 38-foot structure to its new location. Thompson is also a co-owner of Atlantic Structure Movers, located next to the 27.5-acre farm on Route 554 (West Bay Avenue) near the Route 72 intersection. The company served as the moving contractor.

Thompson also said that instead of moving it on dollies straight through Route 72 to the farm, he had to turn off at Route 9 south and roll it through local streets to eventually get onto Route 539 and then back onto Route 72.

“It was a 27-mile trip,” said Thompson. “If I was going straight through on Route 72, it would have been around 12½ miles. I want to especially thank Officer (Ron) Holloway of Ship Bottom, Officer (Justin) Pasquale of Stafford and Officer (Tim) Jillson of Little Egg Harbor Township for their work in making the move go as smooth as possible.”

Tina Mueller, a co-owner of Sassafras Hill and Atlantic Movers, added, “The move created a lot of traffic tie-ups, and I want to thank the people on the roads for being very patient. I know people got inconvenienced, but everything worked well for all involved.”  

Mueller said the building would probably become operational in the fall.

“We have to put a new foundation in,” she said. “We’re in the permitting process with the  township, but we’re very glad we can preserve a little piece of history.”

Formerly located at 1935 Bay Terrace, the home had been owned by Justin Guerrera. His mother, Ginny Guerrera, said the structure was originally owned by the Voorhees family when it was built in the 1920s.

“The home was badly damaged after (Superstorm) Sandy,” said Ginny. “No one had been over there much since. A long time ago, the Voorhees family had a boat rental nearby.”

She said her son initially thought of fixing up the old home and moving in, but found it was too small to fit his growing family. He then decided to sell it and build a new home at the vacant lot.

“Moving the house was the big event of the week in Ship Bottom,” said Ginny. “Many people were curious and came out to watch it. I’m glad everything went smooth, and I’m glad there weren’t any problems with the move.” 

— Eric Englund


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