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Historic Cary house moves to new home at Mayton Inn

Mayton House on the move in 2016

Colin Crossman, co-owner of the Mayton Inn, talks about the challenges of moving the historic Mayton House in downtown Cary in early 2016.
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Colin Crossman, co-owner of the Mayton Inn, talks about the challenges of moving the historic Mayton House in downtown Cary in early 2016.

On Thursday morning, the historic Mayton House in downtown Cary was nestled between a restaurant and a church on South Academy Street.

By Friday, the 1,300-square-foot structure will have a new address and a new location.

Crews moved the house in three pieces across the street – about 500 feet away – to the corner of South Academy and East Park streets.

McCrary House Movers, a Lexington-based company, relocated the longtime residence of former Cary Mayor Waverly Mayton to its new home beside another historic building, the Waldo Rood House, and the soon-to-be opened Mayton Inn.

The structure inspired the name of the nearby boutique hotel that’s part of Cary’s downtown revitalization plans.

“We wanted the name to reflect Cary history,” said Deanna Crossman, who is the Mayton Inn’s co-owner along with her husband, Colin.

The $14.5 million Mayton Inn – the first boutique hotel in Cary – has a tentative opening date of Feb. 6. Upon completion, the Georgian-style hotel will have 33 standards rooms and 11 deluxe suites starting at $200 per night. The Waldo Rood House will be used as a bridal suite.

It will be a four-diamond hotel, like the Crossmans’ other establishment, The King’s Daughters Inn in Durham.

But once the new Cary hotel is open, the Crossmans will need somewhere nearby to live. They’re going to move into the Mayton House.

“It’s my favorite type of architecture,” Crossman said. “It’s 1920s arts and crafts, beautiful hardwood floors, simple trim ... and it had a wraparound porch.”

Crossman plans to spend some time on that porch, which will now overlook the future Downtown Park. Deanna Crossman said she hopes to be able to move into her new home in about six weeks – once it is put back together and renovations are complete.

Barbara Fraser was one of the many spectators watching the house being moved late Thursday afternoon. She’s Mayton’s granddaughter and wanted to see her old family home. She lived in the Mayton House during her late teens and early 20s but visited her grandparents numerous times in her childhood.

“I feel like I grew up in Cary, even though I was born and raised in Raleigh,” she said. “It’s just nice to be able to go back through it. It brings back memories. It’s part of my history.”

And it’s part of Cary’s history.

Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon

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