|Historic Crabtree Jones house gets a high-tech move|
RALEIGH - No steering wheel was needed to guide one of Raleigh's oldest houses to its new site Tuesday. A high-tech moving crew kept the two-centuries-old building rolling smoothly with just a remote control.
The Crabtree Jones House had stood on a hill facing what is now Wake Forest Road since about 1795. In recent decades, it has been shrouded by woods from the road and its neighbors, which today includes a Trader Joe's grocery.
But since developers announced plans for 243 apartments on the site, nonprofit Preservation North Carolina has been working to get the house shifted to the adjacent Crabtree Heights neighborhood.
With developers footing the bill, the preservationists called on third-generation house mover Mike Blake of Greensboro. Blake has designed a computer system that uses hydraulic pumps to keep houses balanced as they move. He says that a full glass of water could sit on a windowsill during the process without spilling a drop.
(Raleigh News & Observer, 2/4/14)