News

We do our best to keep you updated on preservation-related news and events happening throughout the state of North Carolina and beyond. Scroll through the articles below to see what has happened, is happening, or is about to happen!

Historic Wilmington Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary + Preservation Month-Saturday, May 7th

May is National Preservation Month-and this year is a particularly special May for the Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF). This year […]

Plight of a Burlington house illustrates preservationists’ dilemma

It’s a house that hundreds pass every day on North Fisher Street, perhaps without a second thought as they wait […]

World-Renowned Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Selected to Lead Creation of Master Plan for Dorothea Dix Park

The Raleigh City Council today unanimously approved the selection of world-renowned Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenburgh to lead the creation […]

After ‘Hoarders’: Peek inside Greensboro’s historic Julian Price house

GREENSBORO — Passers-by pause as they pass the rambling brick and half-timbered Fisher Park mansion. Locals long have known the […]

Hendersonville downtown organization recognized for program excellence

The 2016 NC Main Street Conference was held this past month in downtown Goldsboro, NC. An annual event which involves […]

Why Historic Preservation Needs to Be Part of Disaster Planning

Natural disasters have taken a heavy toll on historic landmarks around the U.S. When Hurricane Katrina swept through parts of […]

Raleigh leaders ‘planning to plan’ Dix Park

RALEIGH With old and abandoned buildings strewn across 308 acres of lush hills just south of downtown Raleigh, the Dorothea […]

National Trust Raises Over $10 Million to Preserve Historic Black Sites

WASHINGTON– The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced one year after the launch of the African American Cultural Heritage Action […]

Landscape preservation’s urgent challenge: Civil rights historic sites

In 2016, Hurricane Matthew, a category 5 storm, brought strong winds, rain, and catastrophic flooding to North Carolina. Princeville, a […]

City Hall can be saved, experts say

Standing before a packed gallery of Whitley Building supporters at Whiteville City Council Tuesday, Jeff Adolphson of the State Historic […]

Renew and Remember: Preservation N.C.’s New Headquarters

With its new headquarters on Oberlin Road, made from the Graves-Fields and Rev. Plummer T. Hall homes, Preservation N.C. puts […]

Now accepting applications for the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program

Deadline for applications is March 15, 2018 Now accepting applications for our summer 2018 field school, the San Gemini Preservation […]

Home relocation clears way for business park

DAVIDSON COUNTY – Davidson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at a meeting last month to transfer ownership of a […]

State Cabinet official to visit city

On a previous visit to Mount Airy, Susan Kluttz drummed up support for reinstating historic tax credits that had aided […]

Opponents say pipeline a threat to local history

As part of what they called a “surprise attack” on utility companies Tuesday, pipeline opposition groups and leaders of the […]

Forgotten folk art palace for sale, cheap

GARYSBURG – As a boy in the Depression, Q.J. Stephenson wandered into the woods out of need, trapping muskrat, mink […]

Celebrating Madison County’s farm buildings

There are at least 10,000 barns in Madison County, according to a conservative estimate by the Appalachian Barn Alliance — […]

Mount Airy Main Street achieves national accreditation

Mount Airy will maintain its National Main Street Accreditation for another year, according to a statement released Wednesday by the […]

Historic Preservation Commission postpones fountain decision

The Salisbury Historic Preservation Commission decided to postpone a decision on the use of colored lighting at the Gateway Park […]

Sylva writer’s historic cabin purchased by county

In a tiny cabin on a sliver of property adjacent to the Jackson County Historic Courthouse, Sylva author John Parris […]

Historic Wilmington Foundation celebrates 50 years of local preservation efforts

A half century ago, a small group of forward-thinking Wilmington residents banded together to protect the downtown landscape against the […]

County, historic panel disagree over Beaufort Ice Company site

BEAUFORT — County officials went head to head with the town’s Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday, saying they would tear down […]

Editorial: Kluttz served our state well

Reams have been written about the end of Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration and the legacy he leaves after serving as […]

Showdown looms over Russ Avenue project

News of a historic portion of Walnut Street’s inclusion in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan for the widening […]

Downtown efforts earn accolades

City officials continue to receive recognition for the activity happening in downtown Rocky Mount. The National Main Street Center, a […]

A passion for preservation: the history of Ingleside to be kept alive

Ingleside sits as if on an oasis with suburban development almost completely surrounding it. The historic house almost got demolished […]

Salisbury City Council to receive historic tax credit presentation

The Salisbury City Council will be talking about historic tax credits and the Connect NC Bond Act referendum at Tuesday’s […]

Chowan’s colonial history runs deep

In 1668, four precincts were formed out of the County of Albemarle, the first governmental unit of what would become […]

Preservation Greensboro celebrates five decades at Blandwood Mansion

In 1966 bulldozers were poised to raze a bloated antediluvian structure leaking and collapsing on a prime block of downtown […]

Can Neighborhoods Be Revitalized Without Gentrifying Them?

Last year, the death of Freddie Gray in police custody placed his neighborhood in a tragic spotlight, highlighting an all-too […]

50 years preserved: Historic Wilmington Foundation marks milestone

Historic Wilmington Foundation continues the observance of its 50th anniversary celebration during the entire month of May, which is National […]

TEE TIME: Tryon turns 100

Celebrating a 100-year anniversary is an accomplishment for any entity, even more so for a country club described as “nestled […]

Historic home gets a facelift

For more than 100 years, the Warren-Whitehurst House has greeted visitors to the intersection of Kenan and Daniel streets with […]

Dole home on OctoberTour for first time

SALISBURY — The home of Elizabeth Hanford Dole, former U. S. senator from North Carolina and one of Salisbury’s most […]

Great Smoky Mountains urge visitors to help Clingmans Dome Tower win grant

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) is hoping to restore a historic place in East Tennessee. The […]

The Power of Gertrude

When Gertrude Carraway traveled from her three-story home on Broad Street in New Bern to Tryon Palace on Eden Street, […]

Meet the 101-Year-Old Preservationist Saving Agricultural History

A North Carolina centenarian saves a singular set of historic tobacco-country structures Mary Lib Winstead sits in the living room […]

Durham Rescue Mission fears historic district will make area unaffordable

Durham, N.C. — The Durham Rescue Mission is hoping to clear up some confusion about its stance on a proposed […]

Lumberton’s old fire house priced to sell

LUMBERTON — A piece of Lumberton history could be yours for $39,000 — and a little elbow grease. The municipal […]

Rare 200-year-old slave cabin still stands. But will it be preserved?

A weathered, nearly 200-year-old slave cabin in northern Pasquotank County endures as its tenants once did. The cabin, obscured by […]

Grant will help nominate nine African-American N.C. sites to National Register of Historic Places, including Mars Hill School

Nine properties of historic significance to the North Carolina African American community will soon be nominated to the National Register […]

Burke County Project Among 13 in State to Receive Grant Funding

Governor Pat McCrory Announced the awarding of $105,000 in Grant Funding for 13 Historic Preservation Projects in the state, including […]

Charles Floyd receives Scenic America’s Founders Award

SALISBURY — Charles F. Floyd of Cleveland recently received the Founders Award from Scenic America, a national nonprofit dedicated to […]

Allison-Deaver House gets grant funds

Transylvania County has received a historic preservation grant for repairs at the Allison-Deaver House. Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday that […]

Governor McCrory Announces $105,000 in Grant Funding for 13 Historic Preservation Projects

Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory announced today that $105,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 13 historic preservation projects […]

NC Society of Historians recognize local authors, BRCO

Two local writers and Bethel Rural Community Organization’s (BRCO) Historic Preservation Committee were among award winners at the annual meeting […]

Fire Marshal: Hildebran school fire either electrical or arson

HILDEBRAN, NC (WBTV) – It’s been five days since flames ripped through the old Hildebran High School, but it’s still […]

Aberdeen encouraging a new face for downtown

A new Facade Improvement Grant opportunity is encouraging downtown Aberdeen merchants to spruce up for springtime. With funding set aside […]

New bed and breakfast seeks to provide an escape for those with special needs

On a hill in Nebo, a new bed and breakfast seeks to provide a quiet and comforting place where families […]

Creating their own market

In its heyday, Loray Mill was the largest textile mill in North Carolina. The 600,000-square-foot factory employed more than 3,500 […]

Literature of Loray focuses on written works about textile mill

A presentation by Preservation North Carolina will be hosted at the Loray Mill on Thursday night. Local author Joe DePriest […]

Alumni want NC to recognize Raleigh’s first public high school for blacks

RALEIGH–James Monroe remembers winning second place in a brick-laying contest at Washington Graded and High School, Raleigh’s first public high […]

The earth works well for N.C. artist Sayre

“I love the sight of red clay.”  Those words, from a professional colleague of my wife’s as he showed her […]

Tarboro hires new Main Street coordinator

Tarboro has hired a new Main Street coordinator with a track record of improving North Carolina downtowns. Brad J. Guth […]

Sampson HS alumni work to restore old school

Alumni of the old Sampson High School in Clinton want to restore the worn-down facility and remake it into a […]

Over 200 years later and a free Black Pittsboro man’s legacy lives on

Pittsboro, NC – Built in 1811 by a free Black man, the Lewis Freeman House was one of the first […]

BELLAMY MANSION MUSEUM RECEIVES $7,500 GRANT

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Preservation North Carolina and the Bellamy Mansion Museum recently received a $7,500 grant the NC Humanities […]

$20M Empire Hotel project in downtown Salisbury will create apartments, commercial space

A few Salisbury residents were convinced that Billy Hughes planned to renovate the historic Empire Hotel in downtown a year […]

Nearly destroyed by fire, historic Hillsborough mill property sold for redevelopment

A new partnership has stepped in to take over the planned redevelopment of the historic Bellevue Mill property in Hillsborough […]

Working farm to be developed in western Cary

CARY–Local farmers will begin sowing seeds this spring for their first batches of fruits and vegetables on part of a […]

Preservation group acquires former Red Oak Teacherage

The Red Oak Town Board of Commissioners voted last week to donate the former Red Oak Teacherage to a the […]

With growth comes preservation in Clayton

Preservation is something of a gamble, a bet that the shapes and tastes of the past will have a place […]

Third annual African Americans in WNC Conference happens this week

The third annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 27-30 at the […]

Preservation work brings reward

Some people view an old, ramshackle house as an eyesore in need of the wrecking ball, but John Kidwell often […]

High-Profile Historic Preservationist Makes the Case for Saving Buildings

Historic preservation activists have long struggled against the field’s negative reputation. Some critics say it’s an avenue for gentrification, only […]

Advocates seek National Historic Landmark designation for Pauli Murray home in Durham

DURHAM–Pauli Murray Project advocates could take a significant step forward Tuesday in their quest to gain a National Historic Landmark […]

Lecture to Look Back at Hurricane Hazel

CAROLINA BEACH — “Remembering Hazel” will be the subject of a lecture at the next meeting of the Federal Point […]

Asheville firm Samsel Architects earns state award

The Asheville firm, Samsel Architects, received the prestigious Firm Award, as well as two residential design awards, from the North […]

Historic North Main Street house heavily damaged in Saturday afternoon fire

SALISBURY — The North Main Street Historic District’s continuing efforts at preservation took a hit Saturday afternoon when fire ravaged […]

Rosenwald site eyed for heritage center: ‘Practice school’ needs restoration

When it was built with Rosenwald funding on what was then the campus of the Elizabeth City Colored Normal School […]

Old city firehouse finds a buyer

LUMBERTON — For those who have worked for the preservation of historic buildings and the revitalization of Downtown Lumberton, news […]

Tar Heel of the Week: Historian champions preservation of Oakwood neighborhood

RALEIGH–Matthew Brown steps on the plywood plank lying across his wraparound porch, currently without a floor, and into his Person […]

Loray Open Village to showcase historic community’s rebirth this weekend

The snazzy, eye-catching redevelopment of the Loray Mill has grabbed all the headlines in the last three years. But this […]

BRCO launches campaign to honor prolific Bethel inventor

The Bethel Rural Community Organization’s Historic Preservation Committee has launched a campaign to fund a historical marker to honor Calvin […]

Ocracoke Preservation Society agrees to purchase Island Inn

The Ocracoke Preservation Society (OPS) took a giant leap Thursday night and agreed to buy the Island Inn property to […]

Ceremony marks completion of Revolution Mill’s 1250 Building

Susan Kluttz says that Revolution Mill is an example of everything that’s right about historic preservation. The secretary of the […]

Clarks receive historic preservation award

Trudy and Wayne Clark’s passion for restoring historic buildings has garnered them the Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit from […]

Doug Black: Preservation IS Progress

Why did we move to Salisbury 16 years ago?  It is simple. “Welcome to HISTORIC Salisbury.” Salisbury was a visually […]

Latest historic district reflect city’s working class roots

On Sept. 6, the Durham City Council voted to approve the Golden Belt Local Historic District with its full recommended […]

Melrose Avenue Historic District organization holds information meeting at Lanier Library

Tryon–Robert Lange of the Melrose Avenue Historic District organization held an information meeting for approximately 20 homeowners along Melrose Avenue […]

Gordon Hardware Building in Summerfield to be Rehabbed

Summerfield, NC, May 15, 2017 – After reviewing proposals from ten architectural firms, the Town of Summerfield has chosen CUBE […]

Wilmington’s historic district boosted by funding tools, national preservationist says

Wilmington’s success in preserving historic buildings comes partly from a unique funding tool that buys buildings before they are destroyed, […]

The future of historic preservation is about much more than old buildings

If you thought historic preservation was just about saving grand, classic structures from the wrecking ball, you would be wrong. […]

Preservation work wins reward

Some people view an old, ramshackle house as an eyesore in need of the wrecking ball, but John Kidwell often […]

5 midcentury moderns in Raleigh with a hopeful future

By J. Michael Welton Correspondent Here we have a quintet of little architectural gems designed during the birth of the […]

It’s a race against time to save the Salvo Day Use area cemetery

Efforts to help repair and save the Salvo Day Use Cemetery – also known as the Midgett Cemetery – are […]

Hamlet’s historic district could expand with national listing

HAMLET — The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 established a federal grant program to aid states in preserving historic […]

Wash Woods Station

Outer Banks — At first glance, one immediately senses that this structure has an extraordinary story. Situated just off the […]

Family brings historic house back to life

Sarah and Brian Efird and their two daughters already lived in West End when they purchased their home on Brookstown […]

A cultural cornerstone: Tryon Theatre’s new owners preserving a piece of town’s history

There’s not a bad seat inside the nearly 80-year-old Tryon Theatre. Scott and Gayle Lane prefer the seats in the […]

Plan for road through grand Plaza Midwood home compels historians to buy it

The threat of a road being put through the middle of the historic Charles E. Barnhardt House in Plaza Midwood […]

Beaufort stays demolition order of historic hotel; purchase in the works

BEAUFORT — The Beaufort Board of Commissioners stayed an order of demolition Monday for the historic Godette Hotel on Pollock […]

SHPC honors Swansboro Historical society for school work

When the Swansboro Historical Association – and its efforts to refurbish Swansboro’s historic Emmerton School – were held up as […]

Town of Clayton Picked to Host 2018 Main Street Conference

We got it! The Town of Clayton and the Clayton Downtown Development Association are excited to announce that we’ve been […]

Preservation Durham director aims to improve equity in housing

DURHAM — Durham must find a way to use historic preservation as an economic development tool that includes all community […]

Old Post Office deserves use

The Old Post Office building in Lexington — also known as former locations for the Lexington Library and Arts United […]

More WNC communities becoming Main Street accredited

Several Western North Carolina municipalities are among those achieving formal distinction as accredited Main Street communities. The National Main Street […]

Victorian home built in 1900 given to historic foundation for preservation

A historic home considered “pivotal” to Salisbury’s North Main Street Historic District has been donated to the Historic Salisbury Foundation, […]

Panel to discuss downtown’s future on Tuesday

LUMBERTON — A panel discussion on Tuesday night will focus on how to make visions of a revitalized downtown Lumberton […]

Preservation Chapel Hill cuts executive director to save money

CHAPEL HILL–Preservation Chapel Hill let its executive director go last week in an attempt to cut expenses and stabilize the […]

Colonial Dames dedicate archives room at the Burgwin-Wright House

WILMINGTON — The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA-NC) in the State of North Carolina held a […]

Preservation group is pushing for historic districts

ZEBULON — Scott and MaryBeth Carpenter of Raleigh have developed a new interest since buying and falling in love with […]

Most Threatened Historic Places Exhibit on Tour

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A traveling exhibit featuring the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Most Threatened Historic Places is on tour […]

Film celebrates philanthropist behind Rosenwald schools

Documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner was inspired when she heard civil rights leader Julian Bond speak about the 5,000 schools for […]

Three Triad projects win ‘Great Places in North Carolina’ awards

Three Triad projects are among the five winners of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association’s “Great Places […]

New endangered species: barns

Normally they get all excited down there over some big, new skyscraper going up in Charlotte, the center of Mecklenburg. […]

Jennifer Cathey honored by Preservation North Carolina

Jennifer Cathey of Asheville has been named the 2021 winner of the Robert E. Stipe Professional Award presented annually by […]

Karen Hobson the new executive director for Historic Salisbury Foundation

SALISBURY — Historic Salisbury Foundation announced today the appointment of Karen L. Hobson as executive director effective immediately. Hobson returned […]

Local builder works to restore historic cottage

A historic Wrightsville Beach cottage was recently purchased by owners dedicated to its preservation, and now the builder is working […]

Kluttz thanks Salisbury for support of historic tax credits

Salisbury played an important part in reinstating historic tax credits for the state, according to Susan Kluttz, North Carolina secretary […]

Property in Pender County nominated to the National Register of Historic Places

RALEIGH, N.C. – Nine properties of historic significance to the North Carolina African American community will soon be nominated to […]

New commercial tenant taking 16,000 square feet in Loray Mill

Though steeped in history as a flagship of the bygone textile industry, the Loray Mill in Gastonia hasn’t hosted any […]

Morganton-based land trust hits 50,000 acre mark

Morganton’s Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina reached a milestone –50,000 acres of protected land – with the addition this week […]

Community spirit restores historic school in Willard

WILLARD — In Pender County, just south of Wallace, a 1920s-era schoolhouse with a new blue roof can be seen […]

Pauli Murray’s childhood home wins nearly $238,000 grant

DURHAM — Pauli Murray’s childhood home in Durham – which became North Carolina’s newest National Historic Landmark on Wednesday – […]

City to consider landmark designation for the historic Whitted School

DURHAM — The Durham City Council will conduct a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 17 before considering the adoption of an […]

Singer Nina Simone’s birthplace in Tryon for sale for $95k

TRYON, N.C. — The small wooden cottage that was the birthplace of singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone […]

Inside the state-owned Blount Street Historic District houses – before they are sold (Photos)

Each of the 12 historic homes that the North Carolina state government is seeking to sell in downtown Raleigh’s Blount […]

Former Shelby Mayor Speaks at Cornell University

Ted Alexander spoke at Cornell University on Oct. 15. The symposium marked the 40th anniversary of the College of Historic […]

Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc. fundraiser helps support historic preservation

Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc. recently hosted its annual fundraiser, Preservation and Pints, at Cabarrus Brewing Company. The event featured catering […]

Owner gets extension to make repairs to Old Post Office

Almost a year after being cited for not maintaining the upkeep on the Old Post Office building in Lexington, the […]

Coleman Mill makes National Register of Historic Places

CONCORD – Warren C. Coleman certainly made his mark on this town. From a revitalized mill building to a note […]

A hope for reclamation and preservation at an old African-American cemetery in Durham

Deidre Barnes knows her great-grandfather is buried somewhere in Geer Cemetery, but she does not know where. There is no […]

Highway marker enshrines historic tobacco barns

BLAIRS — The Dan River Region’s historic tobacco barns will forever be remembered in history, thanks to a new highway […]

Preservation North Carolina moves in downtown

A new regional office for Preservation North Carolina recently opened in downtown Greenville, and its new director is already busy […]

The Quiet Man Behind Downtown Asheville

Julian Price was born into money but spent most of his life giving it away. A new documentary looks closely […]

Preserving the historic building

The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPS) will hold a workshop to explore the nuts and bolts of maintaining historic properties […]

Preservation Zebulon working to salvage town history

ZEBULON, N.C. (WNCN) — The town of Zebulon is full of history and historic buildings, including the Town Hall in […]

Archway for Hogan’s Alley Approved by Historic Preservation Commission

SALISBURY — An archway will soon be added to the entrance of Hogan’s Alley. Paula Bohland, director of Downtown Salisbury […]

Burgwin-Wright Paint-Out Awards Announced

A four-year veteran of the Burgwin-Wright Paint-Out and a newcomer received the top awards in the annual plein-air painting event. […]

Two Loray Mill village homes relocated as rehabilitation of community continues

A pair of historic Gastonia homes that spent more than a century watching the sun set will now see it […]

Solutions for Preserving and Maintaining Historic Architecture

The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPS) will hold a workshop to explore the nuts and bolts of maintaining historic properties […]

The sleeping giant on Lake Mattamuskeet

A once-grand hunting lodge perches on the edge of Lake Mattamuskeet. Its garnet-red tile roof and blue-and-white 12-story observation tower, […]

Fast-growing east Lincoln County tries to preserve history before it’s gone

DENVER–Growing up on a farm in eastern Lincoln County, Betty Gwynn spent four hours a day riding a bus to […]

HEALING A NATION: Lettie Shumate talks history, anti-racism and progressing forward

Local historian and anti-racist educator Lettie Shumate remembers seventh-grade social studies well. Specifically, she was learning about continents worldwide, and […]

Ingleside Starts A New Life (Again)!

LINCOLN AND MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. – This time, the historic house didn’t get demolished to make way for suburban development. […]

Year after fire, St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church readies for rededication ceremony

Donald LaHuffman, 73, remembers a handful of times when he’s been touched by community support for a place dear to […]

Students gain hands-on experience in interior architecture’s Preservation Field School

Restoring gravestones in an old fishing village on the Outer Banks of North Carolina – it’s not your typical classroom […]

Preservation Burlington Launches Grant Program to Help Residents Properly Maintain their Historic Homes!

CONGRATULATIONS, MARY DALTON!!! Local nonprofit organization Preservation Burlington, Inc. has awarded its first Homeowner Grant of $5,000 toward restoration work […]

N. C. State Historic Preservation Office Begins Comprehensive Architectural Survey of Whiteville

he North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) began a comprehensive architectural survey of Whiteville’s historic properties May 1. Elizabeth […]

N.C. Secretary of Natural and Cultural Resources shares her career journey and opportunities within her department

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Career Development Center facilitated a question-and-answer panel discussion with Secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and […]

Investor Group Buys 83 Historic Downtown Homes

A family of investors bought more than 80 historic downtown rental homes recently for nearly $5 million. Olson Portfolio 2 […]

Votes needed to restore Clingmans Dome Tower

A campaign to fix up an iconic symbol of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park needs support from park lovers […]

BRCO places historic marker at Pigeon Gap Watering Hole

With the purpose of drawing attention to an historic site in the area, the Bethel Rural Community Organization (BRCO) Historic […]

Raleigh church will regroup about parking lot plan after ‘intense’ community meeting

From safety and traffic to stormwater runoff and historical integrity, Five Points neighbors aired a number of reasons Monday night […]

Fire at Old Cleveland High School

The old Cleveland High School, 335 Hudson St., Shelby, caught fire around 6 p.m. Thursday. Shelby Fire Department responded to […]

Owner of The Table in group that buys historic mill

ASHEBORO — Members of the Asheboro City Council approved a resolution Thursday night to accept an offer of $119,000 to […]

Historic Hemphill church destroyed by storm

A church over 100 years old was destroyed by the storm that came through Haywood County on Saturday evening. The […]

Call for Artists Inspired by Mill Life

A Call to Artists for Art@Loray: Southern Mills Through Local Eyes Gastonia, North Carolina-June 22, 2017- With deep Southern roots […]

Renovations coming to O’Hanlon Building

A Chapel Hill real estate developer has bought the 101-year-old O’Hanlon Building at the corner of Fourth and Liberty streets […]

Preservation Society marks 40 years in Asheville

ASHEVILLE – Not many cities in the South can boast gargoyles and griffins guarding their downtown. “If you look at […]

Why Boutique Hotels Are So Big in Not-So-Big Cities

Jane and Greg Hills were visiting New York City when they grabbed a drink in the lobby bar of the […]

Statement on the Future of the Market House from the Cape Fear Committee on African American Heritage

To the City Council of Fayetteville and other local governmental bodies: We, the members of the Cape Fear Committee on […]

Effort to save historic nurses dorm in Gastonia is on hold

The salvation of a historic hospital dormitory in Gastonia will depend on whether someone commits to leasing space in it. […]

RFQ – ECU/Export Leaf Tobacco Building

Please see the link below for an RFQ from East Carolina University for the restoration of the Export Leaf Tobacco […]

Missed opportunities: Raleigh’s architectural legacy threatened

Raleigh is blessed with a sophisticated legacy of modern residential and commercial architecture. After almost seven decades of influence by […]

Five HBCUs Combat Erasure By Preserving Architectural Legacy

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund announced more than $650,000 in grant awards to five Historically Black […]

SpringBoard preps for new location

A renovated two-story mill house built in the 1800s at the Rocky Mount Mills will soon be home to the […]

A-B Tech’s Ivy Building is Steeped in History

The Ivy Building auditorium on the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College campus is the last remaining structure from St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines, a […]

Archaeological work begins at old elementary site

Crews are on-site with bulldozers and shovels at the old Cherokee Elementary School site in the Yellowhill Community. Archaeological work, […]

Leaders voice concern over Wilrik future

SANFORD — The Wilrik Hotel, a historic landmark of Lee County built in 1925, was owned by the county itself […]

Friends of the Smokies wins Historic Preservation Grant

Friends of the Smokies today announced it will receive a $250,000 grant provided by American Express and the National Trust […]

Hotel planned for Pepper Building

The Pepper Building, a historic downtown landmark, has been sold and will be renovated as a hotel, the former owner […]

State of North Carolina begins to complete sales of historic houses in downtown Raleigh

The first of a dozen old houses the state is selling in downtown Raleigh has changed hands, more than nine […]

Partnering to Preserve North Carolina’s African American Heritage

Graduate students in Dr. Alicia McGill’s Cultural Resource Management (CRM) graduate seminar recently partnered with the NC Historic Preservation Office […]

With mill preserved, new effort saves village

Although Brian Miller grew up in Charlotte, he always felt drawn to Gastonia’s Loray Mill village, where his mother lived […]

City wants restored skyscraper to be the state’s Great Places award winner

GREENSBORO — Here’s your chance to turn a Greensboro landmark into one of North Carolina’s “Great Places” and earn bragging […]

Historic Wilmington Foundation celebrates 50 years of preserving local landmarks

Wilmington, N.C. – Celebrating its 50th year, Historic Wilmington Foundation has worked to protect and preserve the irreplaceable architectural and […]

Historic Preservation Commission to consider two demolitions

SALISBURY — The Historic Preservation Commission will be considering two demolitions on Wednesday. The commission will meet at 217 S. […]

Planning Greenville’s future a community project

Leaders in cities committed to sustainable growth understand that the prospect of creating a modern city with a vigorous culture […]

Haymount’s Fair Oaks Manor has new offer by prospective buyer

The historic, antebellum mansion known as Fair Oaks in Haymount has a new prospective buyer. Suzanne Pennink, the real estate […]

Family donates ‘Hager House’ to ensure preservation

A nearly 140-year-old home in Lincoln County was donated to Preservation North Carolina to ensure that the home’s historic integrity […]

Rutherfordton accredited by National Main Street Center

The Town of Rutherfordton has joined a list of communities in North Carolina to be recognized by the National Main […]

Bienenstock Furniture Library Hosts Free Events, May 11 & 13

As part of a week long (May 9-15) event christened “Celebrate The Old North State!”, the Bienenstock Furniture Library is […]

The Venable Center in downtown Durham, listed for sale, could be redeveloped

The historic Venable Center building in downtown Durham could more than double its current space with the creation of a […]

Black Mountain’s Vance House joins Historic Register

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources on Thursday announced that six locations across the state have […]

Foundation seeking second set of historic properties

Stuart Mills believes some of the historic homes in Pinehurst have “cool stories” that their owners may not necessarily know […]

Preservation NC Says the DPD’s Soon-to-Be-Former HQ Isn’t Just Another Government Building

You’ve probably driven by the Durham Police Department’s West Chapel Hill Street headquarters plenty of times and not given much thought to […]

Can beer save Rocky Mount?

For 200 years an abandoned cotton mill along the Tar River in Rocky Mount has been a symbol of resilience, […]

First black school in Johnston lives quiet life on Fourth Street

One of the most important buildings in Johnston County is a rental house today but was once part of a […]

Carter house demolition delayed; city to explore options to save structure

The Carter house next to Brown Library is safe from the wrecking ball, for now. During its meeting Monday, the […]

Building Hope: New non-profit remodels home for female veterans

WASHINGTON, NC (WITN) – A small group of determined advocates are working to make a big difference in the lives of […]

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission partners with Preservation NC to save Charlotte’s historic Charles E. and Edna Barnhardt home

CHARLOTTE—The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) has joined with Preservation North Carolina (PNC) to save the Charles E. and Edna […]

PSABC Announces the Johnny Baxter Award

PSABC has partnered with the UNCA History Department to offer an annual award from $500-$1000 to a student furthering the […]

Historic hospital renovation project inches forward

A proposal that would turn Waynesville’s historic hospital, the first public hospital in North Carolina, into affordable housing units, is […]

Hands-On Historic Preservation: UNCG’s Preservation Field School

For three weeks in May, a group of eight UNC Greensboro students forged metals, split shingles, conducted paint analysis, and […]

104 taps for Loray

An upscale gym became the first commercial tenant of the Loray Mill Loft Apartments early this year, offering a means […]

NC sale of Blount Street Historic District house delayed

RALEIGH–The Council of State approved the sale of two more old houses in the Blount Street Historic District this week […]

Boarded-up Blount Street property set for facelift as SE Raleigh transformation continues

The beige-brick building at 515 S. Blount St. has sat boarded up for years, one of a couple such empty […]

Huge fire destroys former school building in Harnett County

A former high school building in Harnett County was destroyed by a huge fire overnight Saturday and Sunday morning. The […]

Historic downtown Raleigh properties want ability to build up to 40 stories

The owners of a row of historic buildings in downtown Raleigh are asking the city for the ability to build […]

Historic Haymont Grill gutted by fire early Saturday morning

Sixty years of Fayetteville dining and community history collapsed early Saturday morning as the Haymont Grill & Steak House was […]

Honoring LGBTQ History: Stonewall Inn Now a National Monument

“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal — is the […]

Shelby, KM, Cherryville recognized by Main Street Center

The National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has cited 44 North Carolina communities […]

Historic Preservation Commission supports brick street policy

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Historic Preservation Commission is in support of the proposed Brick Streets Policy. The commission held […]

Historic preservation committee approves policy designed to preserve Wilmington brick streets

The Wilmington Historical Preservation Committee unanimously approved a brick-streets policy on Thursday that could be reviewed by the Wilmington City […]

Historic society to McCrory: Flip those houses

The board of a prominent historic preservation group in downtown Raleigh has sent a plea to state government leaders to […]

Making a home in history: Renovation work in Glencoe mill village makes history livable

A quiet drive a few miles north of downtown Burlington and a quick turn off N.C. Hwy. 62 will leave […]

Turning back time

WHITE OAK — Though the crowd was small Saturday at harmony Hall Plantation Village, the grounds were abuzz with the […]

Citizen Green: Correcting Reynolda’s whitewash

Winston-Salem is a city that cares about its history, as Mayor Allen Joines noted during the May 14 unveiling of […]

Retro Wright Visitor Center getting back to its old self

For the next 18 months or so, visitors at Wright Brothers National Memorial will have to mostly content themselves with […]

Berkeley ballpark added to National Register

Although Hendersonville had its first organized baseball team in 1909 — the short-lived Hendersonville Planets of the Western North Carolina […]

Burgwin-Wright House brings color to Black Friday

WILMINGTON — The Burgwin-Wright House will offer a colorful alternative to Black Friday, that big shopping day after Thanksgiving, which […]

Brick street preservation policy passes Wilmington City Council

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington City Council set in stone Tuesday a new policy governing the preservation of brick and stone […]

Black Lives Matter, Past and Present

Our hearts are heavy and our brains are a jumble of thoughts over the murder, verily the lynching, of George […]

Buyers and neighbors of historic homes frustrated by slow pace of sales

RALEIGH–The state has found buyers for a dozen old and historic homes in downtown Raleigh since last fall, but none […]

Raleigh church seeks help with its stained glass windows

RALEIGH – Workers are putting the finishing touches on a new entrance and reception area at Edenton Street United Methodist […]

Raleigh church plans to tear down historic homes and put up a parking lot

Hayes Barton Baptist Church wants to level a half-dozen homes in a National Register historic district in Raleigh to build […]

Two receive historic preservation awards in Jamestown

May is National Historic Preservation Month, and the Historic Jamestown Society honors it by presenting awards to contributors to the […]

Phase 2 of Loray Mill’s residential redevelopment coming soon

For more than a century that the Loray Mill has stood in Gastonia, the elevated windows on its far west […]

Living Legends

May serves as National Historic Preservation Month, a month dedicated to events promoting historic places, heritage tourism, and instilling a […]

Former Schoolhouse in Currituck County Gets Second Chance

Nearly 100 years ago, residents of Currituck County rallied to build a school for the underserved African-American population. Recently, residents […]

Historic house visits kick off preservation month

The kickoff event for Historic Preservation Month in Winston-Salem features a rare chance to look inside two historic houses on […]

Legacy, African American History, and Dynamic Preservation Grants Awarded

Press release from The 1772 Foundation: At its quarterly meeting, trustees of The 1772 Foundation, based in Pomfret, Connecticut, awarded […]

Richard Jenrette, 89, Wall St. Power and Preservationist of Homes, Dies

Preservation North Carolina would like to express our deepest condolences on the passing of North Carolina native and renowned preservationist, […]

Public, meet the new Loray Mill village

In its early 20th century heyday, the Loray Mill village was a vibrant hub of Gastonia, filled with hard-working people […]

Supreme Court won’t hear fight over Oakwood home

Raleigh, N.C. — The fight over a modern home built in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood neighborhood appears to be over after […]

10,000 barns of Madison County

Drive just a few minutes north of Asheville on the interstate or up the old river highway and Madison County […]

Historic Preservation Commission approves graffiti park

SALISBURY — Salisbury’s graffiti wall area will soon get an upgrade. The Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday approved the creation […]

Deed transfer finalizes Fort York purchase

After months of a contractual reworking and consideration, Davidson County officially finalized its purchase of the Fort York property Wednesday […]

Cooper names pair to lead Natural & Cultural Resources

Raleigh, N.C. — Noting the expanded duties of the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Gov. Roy Cooper on […]

Local preservation group to release annual list of ‘threatened places’

The Tide Water building on Chestnut Street that reopened earlier this year as a modern office complex stands today as […]

Gastonia’s Loray Mill village offers signs of promise

The years leading up to and following the 1993 closure of the Firestone Mill in west Gastonia were not kind […]

Dail House will serve as chancellor’s residence again — or not

The future purpose of the ECU chancellor’s residence on East Fifth Street remains unsettled even after those responsible for guiding […]

In the Beginning: A Look Inside the Oldest Church in NC

For 282 years’ worth of Sundays, someone has sat, and stood, and sung, and knelt, and prayed here, in this […]

Historic preservation topic of upcoming workshop

WILMINGTON — Historic preservation for homeowners and home buyers will be the topic of a workshop by the Historic Wilmington […]

Architectural historian to speak here

Longtime local history buffs might recall an inventory of Surry’s architectural treasures which was conducted by Laura A.W. Phillips in […]

NC finds buyers for houses in downtown Raleigh historic district

RALEIGH The state’s efforts to find buyers for several old houses in the Blount Street Historic District have gone well […]

Old Chapel Hill Cemetery history goes deeper than graves

Out of the approximate 2,850 properties in North Carolina listed on the National Register of Historic Places, only 73 of […]

200-year-old Reynolds Tavern, vacant for decades, could see new life

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a slice of North Carolina history, a tavern and home preserved from the early […]

Homes have a year before demolition

A Greenville commission has given the city, ECU and the State Historic Preservation Office 365 days to save five houses […]

Church will talk to neighbors about parking lot plan. But removal of houses still likely

A Raleigh church that angered its neighbors with a plan to destroy a half-dozen historic homes to add parking and […]

Statement about the Fayetteville Market House

Through the years, preservationists have worked to repurpose scores of buildings – and to share their full histories. The Fayetteville […]

Residents receive state award for local historic preservation efforts

All the grand old homes have names, and Bellamore is no exception. The historic home, located at 408 N. Green […]

Pauli Murray home in Durham designated as a new National Historic Landmark

Durham–Her FBI file outlined why Pauli Murray shouldn’t be hired as general counsel for the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. […]

Preservation of 18th-Century cannon begins at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Let the preservation begin. Underwater Archaeologists with the state and those at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic […]

Penland rallies to shore up historic post office

Take Penland Road in Mitchell County, away from the perpetual road-widening project on U.S. 19 East, and you travel back […]

As Hillsborough Street area booms, some historic houses fall by the wayside

More than two dozen historic homes have been demolished this year in one of Raleigh’s oldest residential areas, including an […]

Steve Schuster, architect who helped revitalize downtown Raleigh, other cities, dies

Steve Schuster, an architect who first helped revitalize downtown Raleigh by giving new life to old buildings, then had a […]

Jones-Lee House to be moved Sunday

The landmark Jones-Lee House on Evans Street has been carefully packed up, securely loaded and is ready to be moved […]

Sale begins new chapter for Hillsborough’s Colonial Inn

A new owner signed the deed Monday to buy the historic Colonial Inn in downtown Hillsborough. County documents show Allied […]

The Fight to Preserve African American History

No one knows what happened to Gabriel’s body. Born into slavery the year his country declared its freedom, he trained […]

Tour highlights historic Loray Mill village

A rapidly setting sun and a bitterly cold March wind did not deter 15 brave folks from making a walking […]

The impact and importance of historic preservation

Historic preservation in North Carolina creates jobs, fortifies the tax base, provides economic boosts to downtowns, and utilizes existing buildings […]

The winners of the 2017 Griffin Awards for Historic Preservation

Each year in May, during National Preservation Month, the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County holds an awards ceremony […]

Susan Kluttz receives Clement Cup, Historic Salisbury Foundation’s top award

SALISBURY — The Andrew Jackson Society dinner Sunday evening was supposed to be “A Supper on the Lawn,” but heavy […]

It takes a village to preserve a city

There’s no shortage of threats to Asheville’s historic homes, commercial buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods, notes Jack Thomson, executive director of […]

Local downtown areas get national recognition

RALEIGH — Two local downtown areas have received recognition for revitalization efforts that attract visitors and drive tourism. The North […]

Here’s how you can help save a piece of Charlotte history

“Progress is not built on forgetting — progress is built on understanding,” said Ting Li, creative director of local creative […]

Skateboarding dog’s custom coats draw attention to ailing Raleigh girl

We are sharing this story because it concerns a member of our Preservation Family. Tania Tully works with the Raleigh […]

A banner year for Roanoke River Partners

I trust you are having a good summer. We sure are here on the Roanoke. We have had some beautiful […]

Oak Ridge’s Historic Preservation Commission Approves Grants

Oak Ridge’s Historic Preservation Commission has approved its second round of Historic Heritage Grants, designed to strengthen and preserve the […]

Kings Mountain, Cherryville honored, Shelby to host 2017 event

Uptown Shelby learned March 17 it will host the 2017 North Carolina Main Street Conference, while Kings Mountain and Cherryville […]

Salisbury honored by National Main Street Center

The National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has cited 44 North Carolina communities, […]

In-Depth: All Saints Chapel Celebration

RALEIGH, N.C.– It’s had 3 different homes over the last century, and next week, people across the Triangle will celebrate […]

Fire destroys historic hotel annex in Smokies

ELKMONT – The former Wonderland Hotel annex in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park burned to […]

Council to consider changes to historic district

The Lexington City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to Park Place Historic District rules concerning […]

Historic schoolhouse faces uncertain future without preservation effort

An historic schoolhouse is in need of a refresh and maybe a new home. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission is […]

White Lofts, once White Furniture factory, gets historic marker

MEBANE — Two years ago, someone could have fallen through the floors of the old White Furniture factory. Now, those […]

Morrows Chapel: Historic with a capital H

A historically African-American church west of Mooresville is a step closer to achieving landmark protection, thanks to a decision last […]

In Raleigh, critics decry sale of property on Caswell Square

RALEIGH–On Tuesday, the Council of State will be asked to approve the sale of three vacant buildings on a third […]

18th century Raleigh home added to National Register of Historic Places

RALEIGH–The Nathaniel Jones Jr. House, a Federal-style plantation home built around 1795, has been added to the National Register of […]

National Register of Historic Places adds 16 NC places

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A total of 16 places in North Carolina have been added to the National Register of […]

County agrees to terms on historic home relocation

Davidson County officials said they believe they have overcome a longstanding hurdle in the development of a 431-acre business park […]

Amid unanswered questions, council delays vote on sale of historic Raleigh property

RALEIGH–North Carolina’s Council of State will wait and ask more questions before deciding whether to sell two state-owned pieces of […]

Durham City Council approves cohesvie Golden Belt historic district

Durham–In a split vote, the Durham City Council approved a cohesive Golden Belt local historic district Tuesday night, denying the […]

Registration open for Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Trick or Trot 5K for Preservation

Beware of goblins and ghouls as runners of all ages prepare to take over Greenfield Lake Park while decked out […]

Dedication Ceremony of Downtown Post Office as Local Historic Landmark Sept. 2

The Town of Boone Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the public dedication ceremony celebrating the designation of the […]

Edwards brings vision for Farmville Hardware building

FARMVILLE — Don Edwards has spent nearly 30 years helping to revitalize downtown Greenville. Now he believes there are similar […]

Old Kinston motor lodge being retro-fitted to open as 60’s style hotel in April

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) – A hotel in the east that was built in 1964 is being retro-fitted back to it’s […]

Sample beer, celebrate history at Loray Mill

Like a little hops with your history? How about some ale with your artifacts? The combinations above may not seem […]

Laurinburg developer hopes to bring business, jobs to city

LAURINBURG — Laurinburg’s new community development director, told members of the Laurinburg Rotary, that he is “hard at work” trying […]

Preservation awards part of Historic Gold Hill’s annual meeting Monday night

GOLD HILL — The annual meeting of Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation Inc. will be at 6:30 Monday night […]

Clemmons house makes National Register

The 1798 Philip and Johanna Hoehns (Hanes) House in Clemmons is one of 16 places in North Carolina added to […]

Downtown Cherryville highlights list of sites added to national historic register

The myriad traditions and characteristics that make Cherryville stand apart has never been in question. Now the city’s downtown can […]

Smokies license plates fund park programs and projects

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The giving spirit is visible on the roads across Tennessee and North Carolina this holiday season […]

Walnut Street charm could be casualty of Russ Avenue widening

Although many property owners and residents have lauded what they call a “much needed” widening project on Waynesville’s most heavily […]

King’s Daughters Inn

Located in the historic neighborhood of Trinity Park in Durham, North Carolina, the 1911 King’s Daughter’s Home once served as […]

Iconic Raleigh motel on the market for $1.5 million

RALEIGH–The Gables Motel Lodge, a vestige of a long-gone era when U.S. 1 passed through the city’s Mordecai neighborhood carrying […]

Susi Hamilton sworn into N.C. Cabinet post

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Less than two months after being elected to a fourth term in the N.C. House of […]

Beaufort’s Woman’s Club to celebration 95th birthday

The Beaufort Woman’s Club recently achieved its 95th year of service to the community, and the public is invited to […]

Zebulon moves toward membership in Historic Preservation Commission

ZEBULON–There’s something almost poetic about waiting 25 years to join a historic preservation movement. As most cities and towns signed […]

Loray Mill rebirth

Center of infamous 1929 strike now a symbol of Gastonia revitalization Loray Mill legacy This is the fifth and final […]

Kenan House among most threatened landmarks

The boarded-up townhouse of William Rand Kenan Sr., in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is one of the latest […]

Goldsboro downtown experiencing ‘boom’ of businesses, residents

Business owners in downtown Goldsboro are benefiting from the area’s recent revitalization, and many citizens are enjoying their community more […]

Two historic houses will be preserved in Oberlin Village

RALEIGH—Two pieces of North Carolina’s Reconstruction-era history will remain standing for years to come. Preservation NC, a nonprofit that works […]

Old power plant to become village pub, brewery

Renovation of the old Pinehurst steam plant into a pub and microbrewery has long been seen as a possible anchor […]

Preservation group agrees to fix up Rich Fork’s historic farm

GREENSBORO — A historic farmstead in High Point could be maintained and preserved at no cost to Guilford County under […]

Research Triangle Park landmark could soon meet the wrecking ball

The Elion-Hitchings Building, an architectural landmark that helped cement Research Triangle Park’s reputation for being on the cutting edge, is […]

Grape Hill: Home to 19th century pioneers seeking 21st century family

Before we moved to Warren County three years ago, both my wife and I found a copy of “Sketches of […]

‘We Built This’: A look at North Carolina’s architectural past

“We are not makers of history, we are made by history.” That quote, uttered by Martin Luther King Jr., addresses […]

Historic properties in downtown Dallas featured in July 10 open house

Both potential investors and history buffs will have the opportunity to check out two historic properties in downtown Dallas on […]

The Power of the Easement: Protecting the Legacy of Nina Simone

In 2018, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund designated the Nina Simone Childhood […]

‘Shades of Color’ will highlight local push for racial understanding

Race relations seem to be a crossroads across the United States in light of recent controversial events in Charlottesville, Virginia, […]

Family tries to breathe new life into mill

At first glance, the Double Shoals Cotton Mill looks run-down, but a new deck outside of a door, freshly mowed […]

Durham Seeks Input on Future of Current Police Headquarters Site

The City of Durham wants community input on what should happen to a prominent block on the western edge of […]

Hidden History: The last piece of Raleigh’s lost wonderland, Gotno Farm

Raleigh, N.C. — If you’ve driven down Oberlin Road near Cameron Village in the past few months, you may have […]

A murdered singer and a strike in Gastonia: This true story led to ‘Last Ballad’

Five years ago, novelist Wiley Cash sent 25,000 words of what would become his third novel, “The Last Ballad,” to […]

Historic Wilmington Foundation Executive Director Set To Retire

The Historic Wilmington Foundation’s executive director is retiring after nearly 13 years. George Edwards submitted his notice to retire effective on […]

Wright wins preservation award

Often the people excelling at something are those who love what they do and don’t consider it work — and […]

The tale of two Inglesides highlighted in upcoming event featuring historic home tours

Two prized and preserved pieces of the region’s past will be prominently featured in fundraising and public feedback projects the […]

Colonial Inn future remains in doubt as owner continues sale efforts

If only the walls, floors, and nearby trees, stones and pathways around Hillsborough’s Colonial Inn could talk. The stories they […]

Carolina Theatre hopes community support will help boost chances of getting $150,000 in restoration funding

The Carolina Theatre in Greensboro is hoping community support will help boost its chances to receive $150,000 in restoration funding. […]

Historic Salisbury Foundation makes ‘last-minute rescue’ of West Thomas Street house

The Historic Salisbury Foundation has acquired the McCanless-Busby-Thompson House at 128 W. Thomas St. After a demolition hearing for the house was scheduled for […]

Novelist Cash receives a warm homecoming

Gastonia native Wiley Cash took the title of his first novel, “A Land More Kind Than Home,” from a passage […]

NoDa residents try to preserve historic neighborhood

Charlotte’s NoDa district has its own feel to it. Some say it has character, and that’s why development is booming. “It’s not […]

Revolution Mill shows transformative power of historic tax credits

The moment was sadly ironic. On Wednesday, as city leaders celebrated the renovation of Revolution Mill — a former Cone Mills textile […]

If these walls could talk: Exhibits tell stories of Dix Park’s past, NC’s Black architects

Enslaved plasterer William Benjamin Gould didn’t know whether anyone would see his initials at Wilmington’s Bellamy Mansion, but he carved […]

Honoring African American History at Oberlin Village

The community of Historic Oberlin Village in Raleigh, North Carolina has a story to tell: one of accomplishment, pride, and […]

Preservation NC agrees to sell Spray Cotton Mill to Pittsboro developer

Preservation North Carolina has announced the sale of Spray Cotton Mill to Pittsboro developer Faisal Khan. The historic preservation nonprofit […]

Laboratory Mill given new life through restoration

It took six and a half long years for Cyndi and John Dellinger to bring the Laboratory Mill back from […]

Historic marker dedicated to escaped slave who went to war

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A new historic marker was dedicated in downtown Wilmington Tuesday morning. Several people gathered to honor […]

Historic Gorham House is now Guest House Raleigh

Two years ago, an old house in downtown Raleigh was slated for demolition, with a big development planned to go […]

Colonial Inn goes under contract

Has Hillsborough’s Colonial Inn finally found a new owner? The “Under Contract” sign currently posted above the For Sale sign […]

Preservation group hears plea for keeping federal tax credits

Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi Hamilton and others called for defending the federal historic preservation tax credits at a […]

My Turn: Save historic preservation tax credits

Rehabilitation and repurposing of the Historic Loray Mill, converting and renewing the abandoned Gaston Memorial Hospital for senior housing, and […]

This tax credit fueled downtown Durham’s renaissance. Congress wants to kill it

Without tax breaks, downtown Durham’s renaissance, with its swanky hotels and new skyscrapers, possibly wouldn’t have happened. Yet, one of […]

Oberlin Rising: Raleigh sculpture, park project honors historic freed slave community

While construction inside the Raleigh Beltline is not unusual, a local artist has launched a unique project to honor the […]

Fund set up to preserve African-American historical sites

A new $25 million fund is being set up through the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help ensure that […]

You could buy a house for as little as $49,000 in Gastonia’s Loray Mill Village

You could buy a house for as little as $49,000 in Gastonia’s Loray Mill Village. The homes mostly built in […]

At Only $72K, This Barbershop Won’t Require a Budget

In a former North Carolina mining village, you could get a shave and a haircut for two bits—or, now, a barbershop-turned-tiny […]

Historic Wilmington Foundation Announces New Executive Director

Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) is pleased to announce Beth Rutledge as the new Executive Director, effective December 18, 2017. Rutledge […]

Pink granite service station will be moved to make room for new mixed-use development

It’s not often that people on both sides of a contentious issue end up coming together, Councilman Brian Miller said […]

Attorney says buyers interested in the Colonial Inn ‘passionate’ about Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH — The team which is finalizing details in a bid to buy the historic Colonial Inn brings passion and […]

Triangle properties get historic designations

A prominent home in Chapel Hill, some warehouses that help tell the story of Raleigh and a neighborhood that was […]

Why Your New Company Needs an Old Building

Every company needs a home. Even the towering giants of online commerce desire a cozy place to hang their virtual […]

City leaders seek new life for old water plant

LUMBERTON — City officials say a fresh approach is needed to put an old building on North Water Street back […]

Renovated downtown Wilmington building earns award

The Gertrude S. Carraway Awards of Merit gives deserved recognition to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a genuine commitment […]

Historic Purdie Home up for sale

Ever thought about what it would be like to own a historic Bladen County home? If so, now is your […]

Trades Fair spotlights historic restoration

Visitors from the Triangle eastward learned about the restoration of historic structures during the Preservation Trades Fair on April 28 […]

Nina Simone’s childhood home gets ‘national treasure’ designation

The house where the singer Nina Simone was born is in bad shape. The ceiling is crumbling, the walls chipping, […]

Morrison receives preservation award

Local preservationist B. Perry Morrison Jr. was presented with the 2018 Preservation Spirit Award during the recent Preservation of Wilson […]

Survey to document local African American history

A cultural survey currently underway that seeks to document the legacy of an overlooked Waynesville community could add to the […]

What’s next for Nina Simone’s Tryon home?

A day of music and remembrance to celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary Nina Simone is planned for […]

World War II veterans honored at Loray Mill

Nine World War II veterans from Gaston County took a sentimental journey back to their service days in the 1940s. […]

Loray Mill recovery coming one house at a time

Angela Starnes wasn’t even considering her hometown when she began looking to buy a house earlier this year. She wanted […]

State of Mind

What has twenty-seven historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums, thirty- nine state parks […]

Program Aims To Increase Racial Representation In Historic Preservation, Urban Planning

There have been many efforts lately to conserve historic Black sites across the country and in a push to keep […]

The Improbable Story of How Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Was Saved

Singer, pianist, songwriter, and civil rights activist Nina Simone, who died in 2003, made a lasting impact on the U.S., […]

Historic Occoneechee Speedway a glimpse of NASCAR’s roots

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (WTVD) — Hidden in the forest in Hillsborough is an iconic piece of North Carolina’s auto racing history. […]

Stephanie Meeks to step down from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Stephanie Meeks is stepping down as president and CEO of the D.C.-based National Trust for Historic Preservation at the end […]

Preservation group furious over demolished water tower in Mount Gilead

The recent demolition of an old water tower is creating division in one small town in central North Carolina. The […]

Clayton is growing but don’t call it a bedroom community for Raleigh

For an unassuming municipal building, Town Hall has been at the center of Clayton’s history both physically and figuratively in […]

Don’t Buy Replacement Windows For Your Old House

If you own a house built before 1960 that has its original windows, be grateful. Nothing will ever look as […]

Our Statement on Confederate Monuments

Recently, we shared with you Preservation NC’s statement affirming that Black Lives Matter. Indeed, the stories of African Americans “past […]

Could the future of Dix Park include a boutique hotel? An old hospital might be just the spot.

Could Dix Park have a boutique hotel? That’s one of the more intriguing ideas raised by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, […]

Transfer Co. Food Hall delays opening, but announces a blockbuster list of new vendors

The food hall war is heating up in downtown Raleigh. Transfer Co. Food Hall announced Monday a half-dozen new vendors […]

Once rotting from neglect, Colonial Inn in Hillsborough could be back in business soon

HILLSBOROUGH — The Town Board cleared the way Monday night for guests to once again dine and stay at the […]

History for sale in Enfield

It has been a decade-long process to save, relocate and renovate the birthplace of BB&T founder Alpheus Branch. Branch Grove, […]

Rewriting History: Myrick Howard and Preservation North Carolina deliver new life to old buildings

For more than 40 years, Myrick Howard has dedicated his life to the preservation of North Carolina’s architectural heritage. It’s […]

Rethinking the modern house museum

How these historic sites can cope with costs, challenges, and societal changes in an Instagram era A corkscrewing creation in […]

Cameron Village, named for plantation owner, will rebrand as ‘Village District’

RALEIGH, N.C. — The owners of Raleigh’s Cameron Village shopping center announced on Thursday that the center would get a […]

Preservation North Carolina’s Bellamy Mansion Museum receives National Park Service’s Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Grant (ESHPF) for Hurricane Florence Repairs

WILMINGTON— Preservation North Carolina (PNC) was awarded an Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Funds Grant (ESHPF) of $219,735 to repair damage […]

Preservation NC helps coordinate volunteer clean-up day at L.L. Polk House in Anson County

The L.L. Polk House preservation volunteer cleanup event was hosted by Preservation North Carolina with help from the town of […]

Historic Wilmington Foundation Announces Florence Fix-It Grant

Wilmington, North Carolina – October 9, 2018 In response to the hurricane, the nonprofit Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) is pleased […]

Bellamy Mansion Museum receives $24,000 from the Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County

Wilmington, NC – On October 12, the Bellamy Mansion Museum received a $24,000 grant from the Women’s Impact Network of […]

‘Sentimental Journey’ aids museum, honors war effort

Although nearly three-quarters of a century has passed since the guns of World War II fell silent, the veterans of […]

Bellamy Mansion Museum Announces Closure due to Covid-19

Wilmington, NC – The Bellamy Mansion Museum will close to the public starting Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29. […]

Karen Hobson resigns as Historic Salisbury Foundation executive director

SALISBURY — After two-and-a-half years on the job, Karen L. Hobson has resigned as executive director of Historic Salisbury Foundation. […]

Historic Salisbury Foundation seeks an Executive Director to help usher in a new era of preservation in Salisbury, NC

Historic Salisbury Foundation seeks an Executive Director to help usher in a new era of preservation in Salisbury, North Carolina. […]

Empire Hotel redevelopment proposal advances after key milestones

SALISBURY — The Empire Hotel redevelopment project is moving forward, as developer Black Point Investment continues to meet goals and […]

Nonprofits offer tours of historic homes in Lincoln, Mecklenburg

The event is cooperative effort of Preservation North Carolina (PNC) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission (CMHLC), with help from the […]

Christmas at the Bellamy Mansion

The iconic symbol of Wilmington’s past By William Irvine • Photographs by Rick Ricozzi The Bellamy Mansion is a stately […]

Volunteers work to stabilize historic Jones Gap Baptist Church

A volunteer effort Saturday, Nov. 17 at historic Jones Gap Baptist Church resulted in the emergency stabilization of the vintage […]

Historic downtown Raleigh mansion getting second life

RALEIGH, N.C. — Renovations are finally underway at a historic home in downtown Raleigh that was once owned by the […]

Raleigh black historic landmarks on the move

Two Raleigh landmarks in Oberlin finally will be moved and renovated to preserve their histories. Preservation North Carolina acquired the […]

Historic houses on the move in Raleigh’s Oberlin Village

The little house at 814 Oberlin Road is just that, a little house. It is not unlike many more in […]

Raleigh village built by former slaves is fast disappearing, but not these two houses

Oberlin Village, the community formed by former slaves after the Civil War that once stretched two miles along its namesake […]

Nonprofit has a new vision for Gastonia mill village

In the shadow of the six-story Loray Mill, where Bubbles Styers has lived for nearly 60 years, she feels a […]

Couple awarded preservation award for renovation

Nov. 5—LENOIR — Allison Gray and David Maurer of Raleigh have been named a 2021 recipient of the Gertrude S. […]

Dollar General considering Leasburg location

There are mixed feelings in Leasburg about the possibility of a new Dollar General location coming to the area. Dollar […]

Nina Simone house assessed

Work on the house scheduled to begin this spring TRYON — The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently completed a […]

City of Charlotte gift goes to historic schoolhouse move — $50,000 gift for Siloam School transit

The city of Charlotte is giving $50,000 toward relocating the Siloam School. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission began exploring methods […]

A Historic Effort for Futuristic Homes

It’s a jigsaw puzzle on a colossal scale. Neatly stacked mounds of enameled steel are separated into piles: Roofing panels […]

Rocky Mount, Raleigh’s rival? Some think so with launch of new live-work-play complex

ROCKY MOUNT – For years, the 19th century cotton mill and its surrounding village on the Tar River sat abandoned […]

Play, documentary celebrate restoration of historic homes in Raleigh’s Oberlin Village

To dedicate its new headquarters on Oberlin Road next month, Preservation North Carolina could have simply planned a ribbon-cutting ceremony, […]

Saving Raleigh Freedmen’s homes and their stories

Historic properties tell their stories, and we are richer when we learn from them. Preservation North Carolina has almost finished […]

Preservation NC Turned Two Queen Anne Homes Built by Former Slaves Into Its New Headquarters

State prisoners began building the Executive Mansion in 1883. Eight years later, Governor Daniel Fowle moved in (and died shortly […]

Preserving The History Of Black Excellence In Raleigh

Oberlin Village is an important part of Raleigh’s history — but there is not much of the historic African American […]

Shotgun houses to tiny homes: Wilson natives hope to preserve history, add modern touches

WILSON, N.C. (WTVD) — Wilson natives Monica Therisa Davis and Antonio Jenkins bought historic shotgun houses in the East Wilson […]

Bellamy Mansion on UNC-TV’s NC Weekend

Check out our own Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington featured on NC Weekend! Click HERE to watch the episode (or tune […]

Nina Simone Childhood Home Permanently Protected

Singer’s childhood home protected indefinitely by preservation easement The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, […]

Preserving the Past for a Healthy Community: Online historic preservation seminars

Contact: Mary Beth Navarro, 704-576-1858 PRESERVING THE PAST FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY Online historic preservation seminars set for Oct. 20 […]

Tri-County garners 2 Preservation N.C. awards

HENDERSON — Warrenton’s and Oxford’s Orpheum Theater were among 12 recipients of Gertrude S. Carraway Awards of Merit that were […]

Faircloth earns preservation accolade

‘Most prestigious’ distinction awarded to Clinton native By Emily M. Williams ewilliams@clintonnc.com CLINTON — A prestigious preservation award has been presented […]

Preservation NC Project Explores the Legacy of Black Builders in North Carolina

Preservation NC (PNC) has launched a new traveling exhibit and education program, We Built This: Profiles of Black Architects and Builders […]

How a nonprofit helps balance local growth with preservation

Drive or walk almost anywhere in our community and you will see signs of growth and new construction. It has […]

Town of Oak Ridge Announces New CORE Grants

Oak Ridge announced today the launch of its new CORE Initiative. CORE—Conserving Oak Ridge through Easements—is an innovative program with […]

Word from the Smokies: Asheville renovator breathes new life into Cataloochee structures

Citizen Times Frances Figart | Word from the Smokies Back in the late winter of 2016, avid cyclist Sean Perry […]

Historic NC home on 8 acres was up for rent for $850 a month. Why it was such a find

In the Triangle, where rent and home prices continue to surge, a 2,700-square-foot house on almost 9 acres of land […]

Overlooked No More: William B. Gould, Escaped Slave and Civil War Diarist

He served nearly three years in the U.S. Navy and documented almost all of it, leaving an invaluable record of […]

Under $200,000: Would you live inside this century-old Gothic Revival church?

SELMA, N.C. — Would you live inside a vacant century-old church, with curtains of ivy creeping up a tall bell tower […]

The Terranova Group bringing luxury homes to site of historic estate in SouthPark area

A South Carolina-based residential developer is getting started on its second Charlotte community that will be built around one of […]

Wilmington’s Bellamy Mansion offers new exhibit highlighting black architects

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – If you’ve been to a historical mansion or museum such as Wilmington’s Bellamy Mansion, you may know […]

NC Black Architects and Builders Exhibit at Pack Memorial Library

Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, Buncombe County Special Collections, and Pack Memorial Library present We Built This: Profiles […]