It took 40 hours to travel about three miles - including a stopover in a farmer's field and a night resting on a neighbor's lawn - but Denise and Glenn Bowman's house was finally home last night.
The couple, who currently live in a townhouse near Columbia, have been preparing for months to move the Victorian home, which is more than 130 years old, from its spot at Ten Oaks Road and Route 108 in Clarksville.
They purchased it for $1 after a car lot was slated to take its place and say they are spending about $120,000 for Expert House Movers to take it to its new location.
"I feel great," Denise Bowman said as truck, house and supports eased into a huge depression dug into her new lot on Twelve Hills Road. "I can't wait to see those big trees behind her," she added, pointing to a row of evergreens along the edge of the property.
The house, supported by a grid of steel beams attached to wheels and towed by a truck, crept up Route 32 in the early hours of Tuesday morning before cutting across a farm field, where a broken axle held up the process for about half a day.
The move picked up again yesterday morning in the housing development. The 160-ton load made a laboriously slow, six-hour journey the last quarter-mile up the narrow road, stopping frequently for the movers to relocate mailboxes and to trim trees.
The last few hours were spent adjusting the house a few feet at a time to get just the angle the Bowmans are seeking.
Today, the movers will set hydraulic lifts and wooden supports under the house and remove the wheels. A foundation will then be built under the structure.
The Bowmans hope to move in before winter, after electrical, plumbing and heating systems are renovated. Then they plan to spend many years restoring the long-neglected house.
Denise Bowman said she was eager to go inside again. "I love my house," she said.