RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – 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.
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.