Crabtree-Jones House gets new home next door
Posted January 27
Raleigh, N.C. — It wasn't until the trees came down that Myrick Howard really appreciated the grandeur of the Crabtree-Jones House.
“It’s from a very different time. Very fine house,” said Howard, president of Preservation North Carolina. The organization preserves the state's historic buildings.
A developer is building apartments where the house is, but it will survive.
Crews are moving the house to a lot next door. When it’s in place, the public can purchase it – all 3,400 square feet of it on a half-acre of land.
“Put it on a good site and let it be enjoyed for the next 250 years,” Howard said.
The final price may reach $850,000, but Howard says that’s a small price to pay to preserve an important piece of Raleigh history.
The Federal-style plantation home was built in 1795 by early Wake County settler Nathaniel Jones. Some consider it to be the city's oldest house still in residential use.
“I think it’s the right thing to do, what we’re doing,” he said.