DENTON, Texas - An old home with a lot of meaning made the move to the Denton County Historical Park Thursday.
The almost 100-year-old structure is the last remaining Quakertown house in southeast Denton. Quakertown was a settlement for former slaves.
The first owner, William Evelyn Woods, bought the home for $600 around 1920. Two of his daughters are still alive and spoke to FOX 4’s Dionne Anglin.
“We used to have a little closet under the stairwell and a lot of times when I was real small I would go in there and sit and read books,” said Ethel Woods Gray, one of Woods’ daughters.
“It’s over 100 years old but anyway I guess I'm proud they are going to preserve it,” added Vora Woods Crutchfield, her sister.
Brucy Gray was a visitor and friend who became part of the family after marrying Ethel.
“It was basically a typical house of that type. It was what blacks could get at that time. This is what was available,” said Brucy Gray, her husband. “Mr. Woods was very concerned about blacks being successful and doing things. He was one that gave some thought to what tomorrow’s going to be like.”
In its hey-day the house was white and the backdrop for many pictures.
Denton County identified it as the last remaining Quakertown house. The old home was loaded onto a semi and moved to it a new location as a cultural monument.
The surviving two of 10 siblings said it’s exciting knowing Denton County’s history for generations to come will take a seat in their former home.
The Denton County Historical Park is located at 317 W. Mulberry Street in Denton.