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It's a piece of history, perfectly preserved.

"It's a very private place where we are, it's surrounded by palm trees. Very Florida, very Old Florida," Nancy Corbett said Wednesday.

But a 104-year old Victorian mansion wouldn't be around if it weren't for Nancy and her husband, George.

They saved it from a wrecking ball back in 2006, and spent a quarter of a million dollars moving the 8,800-square-foot home from Palmetto to Ruskin -- by barge.

George Corbett says restoring historic homes is their hobby. And it's a pricey one. They've put in nearly $2 million, rehabbing the mansion to its original wonder.

"We're glad it's finished and a little sad that it's finished," Nancy said.

Just as the last of seven years of construction dust is swept away, they're selling the place for $4.95 million. That buys you 25 rooms, five fireplaces, a movie theater, an elevator, a private lagoon, and waterfront views of the Little Manatee River.

The Corbetts traveled the country to find one-of-a-kind fixtures and furnishings to keep the home tied to its Victorian roots.

They know it'll take a special buyer.

"Somebody that's probably rather romantic," Nancy smiled.

While it's hard to imagine parting ways with paradise, the Corbetts say seeing the home from start to finish is an experience they'll never forget.

"We still have memories, Nancy has lots of photographs. That's what life's about, memories, isn't it?" George added.

The Corbetts have good reason to move out of the mansion. They want to move closer to their grandchildren in Lakeland.

Photos by Samuel Curtiss /

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