Historic Yankee Pedlar house moved to new location on Pine St. in Holyoke

Hampden County

Part of the Historic Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke was picked up and moved across town in Holyoke Saturday morning. 

After more than half a century on Northampton Street, part of the Yankee Pedlar was picked up and moved to a new plot of land on Pine Street in Holyoke.

Several city streets were closed Sunday as it took several hours  to pick up and move the property.

People followed the path of the house’s less than a mile journey through town, with more than 100 gathering outside of the Holyoke Senior center to watch the spectacle over food and drinks. 

“Oh it’s cool. You don’t see it every day. I probably won’t see it again in my lifetime,” said Holyoke resident, Wayne Crigger. “I saw it when it was being jacked off the foundation and put on the steel grates that it’s on the moving truck, and then I started watching it and started following it all the way down.” 

People’s bank purchased the Yankee Pedlar and had originally planned on tearing down the house that was part of the Pedlar property, just next to the main building.

But according to Joseph Paul of the Holyoke Historical Commission, the home was in good condition, and they had an idea. 

“It was sort of a long shot. We said would you guys consider putting it in the paper for a dollar if someone will buy the house and move it,” Paul said. “And they were like yeah, we’ll do that. But we didn’t really believe anyone would buy it and move it.”

One Holyoke CDC, a nonprofit aimed at improving affordable housing in Holyoke ended up purchasing the home, 

“It just worked out for everybody,” said John Paul, a member of the Holyoke Historical Commission. “It worked out for people’s bank, it worked out for one Holyoke, and we got to save a building.” 

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