………but hopefully someone can change that!
You may recall, back in January, I shared the relocation
story of what is believed to be the oldest residential
home remaining in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Crabtree Jones House, circa 1795, was moved and you can
see my previous posts about the plantation house HERE, and
on the actual move day HERE.
Last Thursday evening I had an opportunity to actually get inside the house during a North Carolina Preservation Open House/Fund Raiser. For a $10.00 donation you could do a self-tour of the property with a bottle of locally brewed cold beer in hand - I thought that odd, a small antique pewter mug of homemade wine would have been more appropriate - my personal dream. Anyway, as I don't drink beer hubby got two to enjoy on a damp Summer eve! There were several home rehab people scattered about the property who answered our questions. One gentleman, who has apparently brought life back to several historic properties over the years, wished he was younger, and I believe richer, so he could take on this challenge……I could see longing in his eyes.
The interior was quite fascinating but made me realize that rehabilitation is going to be a gigantic undertaking for anyone. I do hope that somebody will come along soon though, someone with a deep respect for history, a clear vision, and of course the funds that a job of this magnitude will require.
Here are a few pictures of the interior - I particularly loved the many fireplaces.
Any 'house whisperers' out there?