FEW DAYS AGO CROWDS IN NEW HOPE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND ALL IN THE NAME EVERY HISTORIC PRESERVATION. THEY SPENT AN ENTIRE MORNING, MOVING THE HISTORIC SHEA O DECK DOWN THE ROAD. ALICIA NIEVES SHOWS US HOW THEY DID IT. NEW HOPE IS FAMILY FRIENDLY HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD. ONE THAT CARES ABOUT PRESERVING ITS HISTORY. I’M JUST SO TOUCHED, AND I’M THRILLED. I FIGURE I WOULD BE HERE MOST OF THE DAY, SO I BROUGHT MY LUNCH. PIECE OF FRIED CHICKEN. MANY FROM THE SMALL TOWN IN BUCKS COUNTY. THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR A LONG TIME. GATHERED IN AND GLUED TO MASSIVE EFFORT TO PRESERVE THE ICONIC SHEA O DECK, BUILDING THAT’S BEEN IN NEW HOPE SINCE 1794. IT IS ONE OF THOSE PLACES THAT YOU CAN’T JUST LET IT GO. I THINK IT IS GREAT THAT IT WILL BE RESTORED, AND PIECE EVERY HISTORY. INSTEAD OF KNOCKING DOWN THE HISTORIC FORMER HOTEL AND RESTAURANT, TO MAKE WAY FOR A NEW ERR, AND LARGER HOTEL. A CREW PUT IT ON METAL BEAMS, AND SLOWLY DROVE IT DOWN THE ROAD, TO A NEW LOCATION. IT IS NOT EVERY DAY YOU GET TO MOVE 200 PLUS YEAR OLD BUILDING DOWN THE MAIN DRAG. IT WAS ENGINEERING MARVEL THAT REALLY ACCOMPLISHED THIS. NOW, THAT IT IS GOING TO BE ON THIS CORNER RIGHT ON THE WAY, OF THE ENTRANCE AT THE WELCOME TO NEW HOPE, IS WONDERFUL. IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME, BUT WE ARE TOLD THAT SHEA ODE. IT WILL BE TURNED INTO AN INTERPRETIVE SENT THEIR WILL HOST THE HISTORY OF THE CANAL NEARBY. THE BOUTIQUE HOTEL THAT’S GOING TO TAKE ITS PLACE RIGHT HERE, THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE OPEN, BY FEBRUARY 2020.