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!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Preservation work brings reward

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Preservation work wins reward

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

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

$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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Downtown efforts earn accolades

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Preserving the historic building

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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Turning back time

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 — […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Living Legends

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

104 taps for Loray

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Investigation into fire halted over safety concerns

Investigators looking into the cause of the blaze that destroyed the old Hildebran High School say the exact cause can’t […]

Proposed mixed-use project includes historic Wilmington structure

Although he’s worked on traditional apartment complexes as a subcontractor in the past, a Wilmington resident and business owner envisions […]

Unstable walls at Hildebran School torn down to ensure investigators’ safety

HILDEBRAN – The charred remains of the old Hildebran High School have been knocked down so an investigation can begin […]

Commissioner tries to rally support for new Pamlico courthouse

BAYBORO – Pamlico County Commissioner Carl Ollison is seeking support for building a new courthouse and abandoning the board’s plans […]

Community devastated after flames gut historic Hildebran schoolhouse

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — A beloved landmark, the old Hildebran schoolhouse, was gutted after a raging fire tore through the […]

100+ year-old historic home moved through downtown Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A 106-year-old historic home was moved to a new location in Raleigh on Saturday. The move […]

Historic preservation committee plans for plaques

WENTWORTH — The oldest settlement in Rockingham County may soon proudly display its history on the faces of its many […]

Oakwood modernist house backed by NC Court of Appeals

Facing a continued challenge from its across-the-street neighbor, the controversial Oakwood modernist house won a victory Tuesday from the N.C. […]

Court: Modern home OK to stay in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood neighborhood

Raleigh, N.C. — A modern home built in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood neighborhood won’t go anywhere after the North Carolina Court […]

Susan Ladd: A case for renovation over demolition that resounds for Greensboro

Tout-ensemble. “It means all together, the entire thing,” preservationist James Perry told the audience at the 50th annual meeting of […]

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation funding will help protect Flat Top Manor

Better fire protection is coming to Flat Top Manor at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park along the Blue Ridge […]

Heck-Andrews sale part of revival of Raleigh’s Blount Street

RALEIGH The N.C. Association of Realtors will use the upstairs of the old Heck-Andrews mansion on North Blount Street for […]

Livingstone College, Historic Salisbury Foundation work together to revitalize houses in West End

SALISBURY – Six houses on West Monroe Street in Salisbury’s West End neighborhood will undergo a major revitalization now that […]

From Designations to Digitization: Protecting and Preserving Boone’s History

The Historic Preservation Committee recently submitted the results of a survey that examined 110 properties in the Boone area to […]

Tearing down old nurses dorm could cost $90,000

Buildings that have been standing for generations often look the part but still tell a vital story about the communities […]

Restaurant takes part in Lenoir’s downtown revival

Have you been to downtown Lenoir lately? It’s so worth a trip. Not only does the city look great due […]

Historic grave sites marked for preservation

More than 65 history buffs and even some descendants of Scotch Loyalist Kenneth Black, a prominent pre-Revolutionary War figure in […]

College Hill house goes from eyesore to showplace in Greensboro

Sunday was a day to celebrate, and not just for Rick and Susan Stone, who opened the doors to the […]

Fayetteville historic home at center of new battle

Fayetteville, N.C. — A historic piece of property in Fayetteville with ties to the Civil War is now at the […]

Mountain Partners envisioning Nikwasi-Cowee Future

A group of residents from Franklin and Cherokee have been meeting for the last eight months to explore strategies to […]

Character Building – A Work in Progress

Two blocks off Broad Street, the bustle of boutique shopping and trendy eateries gives way to quiet tree-lined roads. Old […]

North Carolina’s Fight to Restore Historic Tax Credits

The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program used for restoring historic properties in North Carolina has successfully been reinstated. The tax […]

Doing right by Raleigh’s Dix Park

Breathtaking seems the best adjective for the 308-acre Dix property Raleigh recently acquired from the state for $52 million. And […]

Volunteer gains more than history lesson

Wilmington resident Sharon Stone, not of “Basic Instinct” fame, first volunteered at the Bellamy Mansion 18 years ago for the […]

Abandoned Haywood Co. Hospital Could Be Getting Renovations

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — Haywood County’s old, abandoned hospital in Waynesville could be getting new life. Other attempts to convert the […]

Nonprofit has a new vision for Gastonia mill village

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

Why It’s So Exciting to Work in Historic Preservation Right Now

National advocacy and education group Preservation Rightsizing Network released a new action agenda last week. Focusing on legacy cities, the […]

Rosenwald School in Shelby could be added to National Register of Historic Places

SHELBY – A small group of volunteers spent Saturday morning on site at a historical property in Shelby, boarding up […]

State, Local Officials Weigh In On New Historic Tax Credit

State sponsored tax credits for revitalizing historic buildings have returned after a brief hiatus, but would-be renovators may not get […]

Preservation NC reaches goal, gets “new” cars!

Earlier this year, Preservation NC sent out an appeal for new wheels, and received an overwhelming response!   We let […]

Preservation group has big plans for neglected Loray Mill neighborhood

Carl and Gladys Carpenter have watched the Loray Mill’s residential redevelopment command all the attention in west Gastonia over the […]

With tax credit back, historic renovations likely to ramp up

Developers around the state are dusting off dormant renovation projects after the legislature restored historic preservation tax credits in its […]

McCrory goes to Burlington to celebrate tax credit’s revival

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory and one of his Cabinet chiefs have taken a victory lap of sorts […]

McCrory doesn’t want to ‘fight again’ over historic tax credits

BURLINGTON — In the past year, Susan Kluttz and her staff traveled to 73 historic sites in North Carolina, drumming […]

Governor McCrory Celebrates Historic Tax Credits

Oct 14, 2015 Burlington, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz celebrated the […]

Governor McCrory, Secretary Kluttz, to celebrate restoration of Historic Tax Credits

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – For months North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Cultural Resources Secretary and former Salisbury mayor Susan […]

Hillsborough to use eminent domain to take over decaying Colonial Inn

HILLSBOROUGH–The Hillsborough Town Board will begin eminent domain proceedings to take control of the Colonial Inn, capping a 12-year struggle […]

State Historic Preservation ruling on Pinehurst coffee shop’s patio creates stir

A tiny patch of Pinehurst is creating a stir amongst coffee drinkers and the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office. And […]

Hillsborough looks toward town ownership of Colonial Inn

HILLSBOROUGH – Drawing applause from the audience in attendance Monday evening, the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to begin […]

Block by Block: Loray Mill’s New Life Sparks Hope for Old Neighborhood

As part of our “Block by Block,” series, this report takes you to Gastonia. In the early 20th century, Gastonia was […]

Tax credits victory

A Big, Big, Big Win Myrick Howard Woo-hoo! With the resolute support of Governor Pat McCrory as well as a […]

Hillsborough may seize control of historic inn

Hillsborough, N.C. — Town commissioners are weighing a possible eminent domain action to take control of a Hillsborough landmark. The […]

Chatham Historic Courthouse project wins award

Preservation North Carolina has presented Chatham County with a major statewide award recognizing the rebuilding and restoration of the Chatham […]

State Lets 1920s Prison Crumble

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A mothballed state prison that closed more than two decades ago is slowly crumbling in Buncombe County […]

N.C. historic tax credit restored

RALEIGH — A reinstatement of the historic preservation tax credit is included in the state budget approved last week by […]

North Carolina’s Historic Preservatin Tax Credits could be coming back

The 30 percent tax credit homeowners once received from the state of North Carolina for restoring historic properties, and the […]

N.C. Cultural Resource secretary urges lawmakers to include historic preservation credits in budget

N.C. Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz is making a final push to convince state lawmakers to include historic preservation tax […]