After years of debate about what to do about the beach erosion threatening the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the National Park Service decided to move the lighthouse inland 2,900 feet in 1999.
The task was monumental and the stakes were high, as the lighthouse, located on a hazardous section of the coast known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” dated back to the early 1800s.
But the firm chosen to do the job was the experienced Expert House Movers Inc., based in Sharptown, the move was a success and the lighthouse remains a popular tourist site.
The company’s roots date to 1954 when John Matyiko Sr., son of a Hungarian immigrant, started a house-moving company in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Twenty years later, Matyiko launched a new company based on the Eastern Shore – Expert House Movers Inc.
“Willing to take on any job no matter how large or small, this new venture quickly earned the reputation of being able to handle even the most challenging projects,” the company’s website notes.
“Expert House Movers Inc. utilizes the latest technology,” the website goes on, “bringing the best team of professionals and over 70 years of experience to every project. Our track record includes the relocation of six lighthouses, the most notable the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, N.C., historic theatres in MI, WI and MN, a historic airport terminal in Newark, N.J., two covered bridges in upstate New York.”