Wright wins preservation award

Often the people excelling at something are those who love what they do and don’t consider it work — and that is the case with a longtime local preservationist.

The name Betty Wright has become synonymous with the protection of historic properties around town, particularly the William Alfred Moore House constructed around 1862, which is considered the oldest-known building in Mount Airy.

Among other historic sites Wright has had a big hand in preserving through her restoration efforts, encouragement or care are the Nita Webb House on West Lebanon Street, now home to Blue Ridge CareNet Counseling Center, and Mount Airy Masonic Lodge on Franklin Street.

Wright also oversaw the rehabilitation and preservation of an old granite home on North Main Street which is now a law office, and championed the Satterfield House becoming a local historic landmark as one of the first African-American homes here.

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(The Mount Airy News, 9/16/17)