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Oldest 'Cracker' Cabin On First Coast Moved To Make Way For Nocatee

The oldest cracker-style house on the First Coast got a new home Tuesday.

Crews moved the 142-year-old Oesterreicher McCormick cabin from its original location on Palm Valley’s 20 Mile Road to the Beaches Museum and History Park in Jacksonville Beach.

Director Christine Hoffman says the importance of the antique cabin goes beyond the historical aspect.

“Kids and their friends would go out there all through the decades and have parties and get-togethers and hunt trips and things like that,” Hoffman said. “So it’s a piece of our community that a lot of people have really really fond memories of and I think that’s part of the reason the campaign was so very successful.”

The Beaches Historical Society raised around $200,000 in private donations over the past eight months to move the cabin. It will restore the house at the new location and plans to open it to the public in the fall.

Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.