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The Property at Earnest Jones Road

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Project Background 

After a year’s effort, the Town of Cary in August 2020 purchased 217.07 acres of former farmland along Earnest Jones Road in Chatham County. Cary plans to eventually use the land for recreational activities and open space preservation.

Site Details

The site consists of woodlands, agricultural fields, a portion of Indian and Turtle creeks. It is located along Earnest Jones Road, between Yates Store Road and Mount Pisgah Church Road in Chatham County. The site also abuts a Town-owned site on New Hope Church Road and is close to the American Tobacco Trail.  

map of open space area

The property was owned by Donna Kay Roach, James Ray Robertson, and Joe Ervin Robertson. David Ferrell of Chatham East, LLC represented the sellers and brought the opportunity to the Town of Cary.

Project Cost

The land sale and assignment fee for the acquisition totaled $13,619,174.80. The purchase was made possible by the voter-approved 2019 Shaping Cary’s Tomorrow Bond Referendum. 


Doug McRainey
Director - Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
(919) 469-4066