News 8 Archives: George Eastman’s Birthplace on the move

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40 years ago this month George Eastman’s birthplace was the center of attention.  
The house where he was born took a 25-mile journey to its final resting place in Genesee County.  
George Eastman was born in 1854 in Waterville, New York, just east of Utica.  In 1954, 22 years after his death, the house was moved to the grounds of the George Eastman Museum in Rochester.
Then on March 20, 1979, it was moved yet again to the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford.  Crews dismantled all 7 rooms and transported them one by one.
Eastman Kodak picked up the $50,000 price tag.  In its new resting place the house joined dozens of other historic homes at the Genesee Country Museum.  The Kodak founder’s birthplace was restored and is now open to the public.

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