RALEIGH: Historic Raleigh home moved to new location - WNCN: News, Weather

Historic Raleigh home moved to new location

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A house that became visible to drivers a few weeks ago on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh has been moved to its new location.

Built around 1795, the Crabtree Jones house had been surrounded by a thick forest of trees near the busy intersection of Wake Forest and Six Forks roads. But in recent week, the two-story Federal-style house, with its aging planks, was made clearly visible from Wake Forest Road, just across from Trader Joe's.

SLIDESHOW: A Raleigh home built around 1795 is now visible from Wake Forest Road

The house was moved Tuesday some 700 feet to a lot on Hilmer Street to make way for an apartment complex being developed on the site.

Workers spent weeks prepping the house for the move before moving it down a hill Tuesday morning. Crews started securing a chimney on the back of the house just after sunrise.

Its slow move took around three hours as workers carefully eased the home down a muddy bank smoothed out by bulldozers.

Neighbors and history buffs braved the cold temperatures to watch the home take up its new residence.

The house hasn't had a permanent resident since the 1970s, and the land it occupies is a valuable piece of property.

The plantation home is believed to have been built around 1795 by Nathaniel Jones, who lived from 1758 until 1828. But the house could date from around the founding of Raleigh in 1792.

Crabtree Jones' son, Kimbrough, lived there before he died in 1866. The Jones lands stretched to Crabtree Creek. In fact, the main training ground for Confederate soldiers in Raleigh was on the Jones land, near the creek.

The Jones family sold the land and home in 1973. Decades passed before the development began.

The house is for sale for $350,000 and will remain listed on the National Register after the move. It is 3,448 square feet.

WNCN photographer Jeff Reeves toured the house Jan. 16 before the move and documented the move on Tuesday.

RELATED STORIES

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Durham mom says she didn't try to give away kids on Craigslist

    Durham mom says she didn't try to give away kids on Craigslist

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:48:05 GMT
    A mother of five says an ad she posted on Craigslist, in which she asked for someone to "take her five kids," was not what it seemed.
    A mother of five says an ad she posted on Craigslist, in which she asked for someone to "take her five kids," was not what it seemed.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.