Norwell: Officials approve study to move Sergeant Samuel Stetson House

Norwell selectmen have given their blessing for the Historical Commission to study the feasibility of moving the Sergeant Samuel Stetson house.

The Historical Commission wants to move the house to adjacent land that will be site of the town’s new cemetery.

Historical Commission Chair Wendy Bawabe said, “We’re trying to do a study to determine if the house should and can be moved. The C.P.C. can use administrative funds to do these preliminary studies, which they have approved, pending the selectmen’s approval. So all we asked the selectmen to do is to approve the C.P.C. vote.”

Bawabe said timing is critical in saving the historic home and moving it to its new location.

“September 1 is the end of the one year demolition delay waiting period, but the home owner has been really cooperative and is willing to extend that. But, we can’t ask him to extend it too long. So, we are hoping for a fall town meeting, so we could then get C.P.C. money to actually have the house moved,” Bawabe said.

The commission will spend $7,900 in community preservation administrative funds to finance the study.

The cemetery committee is also on board with the plan.

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