Moving house in Chemainus

One of the last houses in Chemainus from the days when the lumber industry was king was removed last week.

One of the last houses in Chemainus from the days when the lumber industry was king was removed last week.

Workers from a structural moving company moved a small one-story home from the corner of Maple Lane and Laurel Street in Old Town Chemainus where it has been since the late 1940s.

The house was among dozens that were shipped to Chemainus in 1948 on barges from an American military base in Bremerton, Washington, that was being downsized after the end of the Second World War. They were bought by the former forest company McMillan Bloedel to house the families of it’s workers who were employed in the area.

With the removal of the house to an undisclosed location, only six houses from Washington now remain in the Old Town Chemainus area.