Travels of The Nugget
This picture, probably taken in the 1930's shows the original Nugget cottage on the west side of Pearl Street. The shot below shows it between two other cottages both of which still stand on Pearl Street.
The cottage was sold by the Mortons in 1941 to Fred Burke who agreed to move it to an empty lot owned by his mother at the top of Houghton Street. The actual deed notes "The Vendee.... hereby agrees to remove said cottage dwelling from the land on which it now stands, at no expense whatsoever to the said Vendors, within sixty (60) days from the date hereof."
Once on safely ensconced on Houghton Street, the Nugget rested comfortably as shown below.
Life for the Nugget was not quite over however. In 1997, the owners placed the following advertisement in the Portland Press Herald Classifieds:
So the Nugget was about to embark on a new voyage, but the move was most likely a bit more complicated as it was not just moving across the beach but across the county! And how did you say it got there? Easy! Just cut it in half and haul it away. See below:
The Nugget leaves Higgins Beach forever (Maybe!!!!)!
Today, a new cottage stand on the lot. All that remains of the original Nugget on the beach is the name.