As I said, I would come back to that special piece of land just off Wake Forest Road where the large mansion called Hardimont once stood. Here is the reason. That same property is where Isaac Hunter's Tavern once stood. All that time that I spent fascinated with that big slightly spooky house, I was staring right through the spot of legend that determined our place in history, not just for Raleigh, nor Wake county, but for the whole state of North Carolina.
This post from the Legeros Fire Blog is an excellent account including some fascinating maps, photos, and links to other post worth reading. The author includes a review of all the property owners from King Charles II in 1760 to the North Raleigh Hilton in 1881 and including some colorful and locally important personalities along the way - Hunter, John T. Pullen, and a host of others.