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!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wright wins preservation award

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New endangered species: barns

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

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 […]

Wash Woods Station

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]