Historic Jones-Lee House finds new home in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) The Jones-Lee House on Evans Street in Greenville has been moved to it's new location on South Green Street as of Sunday.

"We were able to step in and secure the lot from the city, working with the city, and with Uptown properties, next to the Chamber of Commerce on Green Street as the new location for this property," says Preservation Eastern North Carolina Director Maggie Gregg.

The move has been a process four years in the making.

Don Edwards bought the Jones-Lee House back in 2015 and hoped to have it moved by the end of the year.

Now, after years of coordination, the house finds a new home beside the Fleming House, another historic home built by the same architect.

"This is the last of what used to be a row of these types of houses along Evans Street. In this particular instance, a lot of the development in Uptown Greenville has impacted the historic characteristics and certainly mitigating that is very important," says Gregg.

Former resident Candace Pearce recalls fond memories of the home, where she took knitting and needle-point lessons as a ten year old.

She eventually turned the home into her office.

"It's one of the most important things in my whole life. I have spent 500 hours in the past two years trying to make this happen," says Pearce.

Pearce adds the Jones-Lee House will always have a piece of her heart.

"I feel like I am that old house or that old house is like me."

And with avoiding demolition, all parties involved are able to preserve a piece of history for the city.