SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) – One of the last examples of the small homes once occupied by fishing families along the New England coast will be saved and restored, though not by the ocean.

The Janvrin House, a half Cape-style building, was built around 1830 in Seabrook. Members of the Janvrin family, all fishermen, have lived in the home going back to the 1850s.

Robert Pothier, owner of First Period Colonial Preservation, plans to buy the Janvrin House and move it from Seabrook to Kingston. He plans to live in the home, but says he’ll welcome Seabrook residents to visit it. He said it’s rare to see a half Cape in its original condition because most were expanded as the fishermen’s families got larger.

“It’s bittersweet,” said Francine Smith, daughter of the home’s current owner, Frank Janvrin. “It’s good that it’s not going to be demolished and still going someplace to be looked at. It’s a part of Seabrook history, but it won’t be in Seabrook.”

The Janvrin House is expected to be moved in July.


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