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Historical houses get relocated in Arundel (PHOTOS)

ARUNDEL (WGME) -- Instead of tearing down a couple of historic buildings Arundel, two antique farmhouses have been picked up and moved to new foundations.

The Burnham House and the Lunt House were built in the late 1700's within a mile from each other on Alfred Road.

Both buildings were donated to the Arundel Historical Society and relocated to Limington Road in February of 2012, but remained elevated site work was completed.

The concrete for each foundation was given by an anonymous donor and the excavation work was also donated by a local contractor.

On Thursday, the Lunt House, the smaller of the two buildings, was placed on its new foundation. The house will serve as the headquarters for the Arundel Historical Society.

The larger of the two houses, the Burnham House, was placed over its foundation on Friday.

Dana Peck, the projects coordinator, hopes to convert the Burnham House into an educational tour, with each room representing a different time period of Maines farming history.

Now that the houses are in place, Peck says the next phase is to build a community center on the site.

The entire project is expected to take several phases to complete.