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Perry-Shepard Farm, Ashe County, listed in the National Register in 2006

Recent National Register Listings


Carter-Simmons House, Duplin County, prepared by R. Little, listed 4/15/15


The Carter-Simmons House near the Albertson crossroads of northeast Duplin County was apparently constructed as the plantation house of Alexander Carter in the first decade of the nineteenth century. The originally two-story-with-attic vernacular Georgian-style house with a double front porch and rear shed rooms was one of the most imposing residences in the county until 1851. Its purchase by Daniel W. Simmons in 1851 and gifting to his son Amos Simmons and new wife Exerlina in 1853 led to its reduction to a one-and-one-half-story house with an integral front porch, thus becoming what is ultimately one of the most intact antebellum examples of a coastal cottage extant in Duplin County. This one-and-one-half-story, side-gabled house type with an integral front porch was popular in eastern North Carolina from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.


Carolina Casket Company, Guilford County, prepared by L. Phillips, listed 4/15/15


Located in High Point, the 1929 brick, three-story Carolina Casket Company building is architecturally important for its distinctive design of slow-burn, heavy-timber mill construction. With its load-bearing brick exterior walls, shallow gable roof, rows of large multi-pane metal industrial windows, two-layer wood floors, and wooden support posts and beams, the well preserved and remarkably intact building epitomizes this type of industrial construction.    


Dillard B. and Georgia Sewell House, Henderson and Transylvania counties, prepared by C. Griffith and A. Cole, listed 4/15/15


Located in the vicinity of the rural community of Penrose, the Dillard B. and Georgia Sewell House was constructed circa 1924 as a summer home.  The one-and-a-half-story dwelling is built of load-bearing stone masonry and features three bedrooms and a kitchen flanking a large living room that rises to the cathedral ceiling.  With exposed stone interior walls, a wood shingle-clad roof, inset porch, and stone patio, the property embodies the distinctive characteristics of the Rustic Revival style.


Coleman-Franklin-Cannon Mill, Cabarrus County, prepared by H. Fearnbach, listed 4/16/15


The Coleman-Franklin-Cannon Mill in Concord was established in 1898 by Warren Clay Coleman, one of the state's wealthiest black businessmen at the time. It was the first African American owned and operated textile mill in North Carolina, and one of the first in the South. Coleman's enterprise received national and international attention, and press coverage by both black and white advocates for African American advancement. Numbering among Concord's many textile mills, the mill was bought by Washington Duke in 1904, and in 1912 by the Cannon Company. The mill complex has retained its cotton warehouses and office building, and it is architecturally significant for its heavy-timber mill construction.  


Chapel Hill Historic District Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation, Orange County, prepared by H. Slane, listed 4/16/15


The Chapel Hill Historic District was originally listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, with a period of significance from 1793, the beginning of construction at the University of North Carolina, to an unspecified ending date in the early twentieth century, with the 1920s or 1930s implied. The nomination focused on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century development of the university and the town and included architectural context for only the earliest and most prominent buildings. This new nomination provides information on the growth and development of the university and district from c. 1920 to 1964 and an architectural overview of the district from c. 1905, the date of construction for the oldest building in the boundary increase, to 1964. Thus the period of significance established by this additional documentation is c. 1793 to 1964. Additionally, the Chapel Hill Historic District Boundary Increase expands the boundary established by the original nomination to include additional areas tied to the development of the university including: the commercial corridor along East Franklin Street, additional residential development north and east of the original district, and two of Chapel Hill's oldest planned developments, Cobb Terrace and Tenney Circle.


Rehabilitation Highlights  


Wake County, Raleigh, White-Holman House  


One of the few remaining eighteenth-century buildings in downtown Raleigh, the 1798 White-Holman House was rehabilitated from 2013 to 2014 for continued office use. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $175,000.


White-Holman House, before and after rehabilitation



Eastern Office Restoration Specialist Reid Thomas Receives Halifax Resolves Award 



Reid Thomas (c) leading a tour of North Carolina's oldest dated house



Congratulations to Reid Thomas, HPO Eastern Office restoration specialist for northeastern North Carolina, on receiving the Halifax Resolves Award on April 12. The award was presented at Historic Halifax State Historic Site during the site's Halifax Day celebration. Reid has worked for 25 years in North Carolina helping to document and save historic structures, and is also on the advisory board for the Edgecombe County College Historic Preservation program. Well done, Reid!


Endor Iron Furnace Has Been Stabilized and Awaits Restoration Funding 



Endor Furnace after stabilization work
Endor Iron Furnace (National Register listed in 1974) in rural Lee County, was constructed in 1862 to process the pig iron need for Confederate Army weapons. It has sat quietly crumbling since its abandonment in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The stone structure was likely still structurally sound and functional until the 1960s, but since then it has deteriorated rapidly. For the last five years local historians and concerned citizens have worked to stabilize the furnace. In 2014, the NC Department of Cultural Resources purchased the property, and in concert with the NC Department of Transportation, the Triangle Land Conservancy, the Railroad House Historical Association, and Lee County, has undertaken a $500,000 stabilization project. An estimated $1 million is now needed to complete the restoration of the furnace. Click here for more information about the project.   

Congratulations to the 35 NC Communities that Earned Main Street Accreditation



Thirty-five North Carolina communities have demonstrated exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through their 2014 performance in the Main Street program. The list includes: Albemarle, Belmont, Boone, Brevard, Burlington, Clayton, Clinton, Concord, Eden, Edenton, Elizabeth City, Elkin, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Hertford, Hickory, Kings Mountain, Lenoir, Marion, Monroe, Morganton, Mount Airy, New Bern, North Wilkesboro, Roanoke Rapids, Roxboro, Salisbury, Smithfield, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Wake Forest, Washington, Waynesville and Wilson. Congratulations to you all!


Click here for more information.


Time Capsule in Asheville's Vance Monument Opened



Removal of the Vance Monument time capsule by Heather South (c) and staff of the Asheville Parks and Recreation Department. Photo courtesy of


A time capsule has been removed from the base of the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. It has been concealed there since 1897 when the monument was constructed and dedicated, wedged beneath a Masonic cornerstone block at the base of the obelisk. The copper box had deteriorated and was so severely crushed that Heather South, lead archivist in the DCR Western Office, had to remove the pieces of the capsule one at a time. An article in the Asheville Daily Citizen from December 22, 1897, lists the items supposedly inside as silver coins, an honor roll from local schools, a muster roll from the Confederate company of Governor Zebulon Vance, to whom the monument is dedicated, Masonic documents, and several newspapers, including what was presumably the local African American newspaper of the day, the Colored Enterprise. South said the contents of the time capsule will probably take weeks to explore and will remain in Asheville at the DCR Western Regional Archive. The 26th North Carolina, a Civil War re-enactment and preservation group, raised $115,000 for the restoration of the monument. Click here for more information.


USS North Carolina in Desperate Need of Hull Repairs



The Battleship North Carolina arrives in Wilmington in 1961.


The USS North Carolina has a water problem. A state-owned monument governed by a state commission, it sits on the edge of the Cape Fear River in Wilmington and its steel hull, originally half-an-inch thick, is now paper thin in places. Rust and chipping paint on the hull are becoming more common as is seepage. Friends of the Battleship, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the ship, is seeking donations from the public to fund a proposed $17 million project.  A cofferdam will be built around the ship and the water drained to allow the replacement of corroded steel. A scenic riverwalk approach to the ship is also proposed.


Click here for more information.


Grand Opening of Rehabilitated Loray Mill in Gaston Garners Media Attention        


As reported in last month's newsletter, the newly rehabilitation Loray Mill in Gaston has opened as a mixed-used facility with market-rate loft apartments. Governor McCrory was on hand for the grand opening and the project has attracted a great deal of media attention. Here are a just a few of the articles praising this remarkable rehabilitation tax credit project:

Special Educator's Rate Offered for 2015 National Rosenwald School Conference and Bus Tours Available Without Conference Registration


North Carolina was home to the largest number of Rosenwald Schools and related buildings at 813, and is home to the largest number of extant schools being restored and repurposed for a variety of uses.  The National Trust been involved in a special initiative for the past thirteen years to help preserve Rosenwald Schools and the NC HPO has also made their recordation and preservation a special project (Click here to visit the HPO Rosenwald School survey webpage).


This year the National Trust is holding their annual National Rosenwald Schools conference in Durham on June 17-20. Entitled Sharing the Past, Shaping the Future, it will be located at the Durham Convention Center.


The National Trust is offering a special educator's rate of $195 for educators that register before May 31 and use the code "TeachRC" in the online registration form.


To Register:

  • Go to this page
  • When offered prompts for type of registration please indicate "standard." This amount will be removed later in the registration process.
  • Once you have completed the questionnaire and special event options please select "confirm selected registrant(s) and continue to coupon entry."
  • You will see a header that reads "new code." In the box beside your registration, type in the code "TeachRC."
  • Select "apply new code." When you have completed your registration you should receive two confirmations.
  • The second confirmation should have a zero balance unless you purchased bus tour tickets or registered additional paying attendees.
  • If you have trouble registering contact Kristi by email at or by phone at 866-374-6338.

In addition to the discounted rate, the National Trust is offering non-conference registrants the opportunity to purchase bus tour tickets for the National Rosenwald Schools Conference tours by going to the conference registration site. After completing the login information, select the Bus Tour Only type. There are four tour options and they include:


Greensboro Civil Rights Tour

Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, $85


Greensboro, North Carolina, is rich with connections to America's civil rights movement and is often remembered for the nonviolent sit-ins staged at the local Woolworths. This day-long tour will explore key sites related to the movement there, including the International Civil Rights Center and Museum housed in the 1929 F.W. Woolworth building. Returning to Durham, a guided tour of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum is included to learn more about the diligent woman determined to provide education for African American children in the South, and the contributions made in North Carolina by the African American students who attended the school. Lunch and snacks are included in the tour.


Wake County Rosenwald Tour

Thursday, June 18, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM, $50


North Carolina's capital county (Wake) had 22 Rosenwald schools, of which six survive today. This tour will visit two of the most intact schools: Panther Branch, a three-teacher frame school in the early stage of rehabilitation, and St. Matthew's, a two-teacher frame school that was rehabilitated in the early 1990s. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office staff will lead the tour, and at each stop owners and alumni will discuss the challenges and successes in their preservation efforts. The tour will include a traditional home-cooked lunch that will be served at St. Matthew's.


Horton Grove and Stagville Plantation Tour

Friday, June 19, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM, $50


While North Carolina was once home to more Rosenwald Schools than any other state, many schools have fallen into disrepair or been demolished, leaving behind only a historic marker or a memory. This half-day excursion to one of North Carolina's most important sites for sharing the story of African American life will demonstrate how to use the land and the landscape to share the story of your school and the community it educated. This tour will include 0.8 mile hike of the Horton's Grove Nature that highlights cultural uses of plants and trees led by forester and Grammy-award winning folk musician Justin Robinson, a tour of the slave quarters and historic barn at Horton Grove, and a trip to Historic Stagville's visitor's center. The tour will include lunch prepared by one of Durham's favorite chefs, Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint.


Eastern North Carolina African American Music Tour

Saturday, June 20, 9:15 AM-5:00 PM, $85


Education played a significant part in establishing and sustaining the musical legacy of eastern North Carolina. Music and band programs in segregated schools were fertile ground for building talent and passing on tradition. Join us for this day long tour where participants will have a chance to meet community members with connections to the music and educational landscapes of Eastern NC, tour a Rosenwald School, the Oliver Nestus Freeman Roundhouse Museum in Wilson and listen to music while traveling the music trail. This tour includes lunch at a favorite local Smokehouse in Rocky Mount. Participants will receive a copy of the guidebook and CD, African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina.  


For more information about Rosenwald Schools or the Conference visit


National Register Advisory Committee to Meet in June  


The HPO will soon host the June meeting of the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee. It will be held June 11 in the 3rd Floor Conference Room of the State Archives and History Building at 109 E. Jones Street in downtown Raleigh.  National Register staff will present an interesting and varied group of nominations to the committee. The complete agenda will be available in early June and will be found here. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Ann Swallow at 919-807-6587.


The nominations include two industrial buildings: the Speas Vinegar Company in Charlotte is a 1939-late 1950s brick industrial building with a distinctive open steel post and beam structural system, and the brick Pickett Cotton Mills building dates to 1911-1920 and was a long-time leader in High Point's textile industry.



Speas Vinegar Company, Charlotte



The nominations for the 1928-1950s Memorial Industrial School in rural Forsyth County, one of only two larger-scale orphanages for African Americans in North Carolina, and for Mars Hill Commercial District, an intact downtown with important associations with the commercial development of the college town, will also be presented.



Memorial Industrial School, Forsyth County



In addition, nominations for Seven Oaks, a 1870s brick Italianate-style house in West Asheville, and the 1879 St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church South in Randleman, with interior faux painting by Reuben Rink (Jule Gilmer Körner) will be on the agenda.



Interior paint at St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church South



NC Historian Dr. Jerry Cashion Has Passed


Dr. Jerry Cashion (r), with Millie Barbee (l), and  Renee Gledhill-Earley
(rear) at the  June 2012 NRAC meeting


Our long-time colleague Dr. Jerry C. Cashion passed away at his home in Raleigh on April 17. Dr. Cashion led the Research Branch of the Office of Archives and History from 1974 until his retirement in 2000. Prior to coming to Raleigh, he taught history at UNC-Chapel Hill and continued to do so at NC State after his relocation. He served as president of both the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association and the Historical Society of North Carolina, and was chairman of the North Carolina Historical Commission from 2001 until 2013. In addition, Dr. Cashion served on the State Records Advisory Board and on the National Register Advisory Committee. He also was a member of the executive board of Preservation North Carolina.


Dr. Cashion received numerous rewards and honors, among which were the award for outstanding teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill; the Durance Award from the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta; the Christopher Crittenden Award for the preservation of North Carolina history; the Order of the Longleaf Pine presented by Governor Michael F. Easley; and the state's highest award, the North Carolina Award, which he received in 2007.


Click here to read Dr. Cashion's obituary.


Passing of Noted Preservation Developer DeWayne Anderson Sr. 



DeWayne Anderson Sr. Photo courtesy of 
Triad Business Journal

DeWayne Anderson Sr., founder of Landmark Asset Services in Winston-Salem, NC, died on April 6, 2015. Mr. Anderson had an important impact on historic preservation in North Carolina and South Carolina, with several federal historic tax credit projects in both states. In 1986, Mr. Anderson formed the Anderson Development Company intending to invest in historic properties. Having completed a Master's degree in urban planning and a Bachelor's degree in architecture and real estate investment, Mr. Anderson managed projects that led to more than $425 million in development over a his forty year career. He wanted his projects to make a positive impact on the communities in which they were built.


Anderson earned a host of honors, including the 1992 L. Vincent Lowe Jr. Business Award from the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina (now Preservation North Carolina) and the 2007 Ruth Coltrane Cannon Award, North Carolina's most prestigious preservation award. He was the only developer to earn the honor. He was also nominated that year for the National Trust/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. In 2009, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the SC Department of Archives and History, and the Governor's Office.


For more information about his life and work see this Triad Business Journal article


NC Historian William Powell Passes at Age 95 



William Powell. Photo courtesy

Renowned North Carolina historian and colleague William Stevens Powell died on April 10. Described by colleagues as "the dean of North Carolina history," Powell edited or wrote more than 100 books and articles on the state's history, including "The North Carolina Gazetteer," "Encyclopedia of North Carolina," and the "Dictionary of North Carolina Biography."


Powell was recognized with the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2000 and was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2008. He taught history at UNC-Chapel Hill for 13 years, from 1973 to 1986, teaching more than 6,000 students throughout his time there. Throughout his career, Powell served as a researcher for the NC Office of Archives and History, edited History News, and worked as a librarian for the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Click here or here for more information about Mr. Powell.


Five New National Historic Landmarks Designated 

In April Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the designation of five new national historic landmarks. Click here for a slideshow of the properties.


For Your Entertainment and Edification... 

Events, Awards, and Grants 


For statewide events lists, visit the HPO Facebook events list, Preservation North Carolina events list, or a March - May  2015 calendar of events and workshop and conference list courtesy of the Federation of NC Historical Societies.


2015 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation training schedule is now available Visit this page for registration details and pricing. Please contact Cindy Bienvenue at if you have any questions.


2015 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training workshop and event list is available here

May 14-16 Building Foundations: Building A New Culture For Building Craft Education and Industry, Savannah, GA. The Savannah Technical College Center for Traditional Craft in partnership with the Preservation Trades Network and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) USA, will host the 5th International Trades Education Symposium (ITES). For details, see this page.  

May 15 Historic Preservation Commission Training, Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main Street, Wake Forest, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Open to other commissions. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission in cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Office. Contact Laurie Mitchell at 919-807-6575 or by email for more information. Click here for the agenda.

June 4-7 "Modernism on the Prairie," 2015 Docomomo US National Symposium, Minneapolis, MN. Click here 

for more information and to register.  

June 11 National Register Advisory Committee Meeting, 10 AM - 3 PM, 3rd floor conference room, Archives and History Building, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh. Open to the public.


June 17-19 National Rosenwald Schools Conference: Sharing the Past → Shaping the Future, Durham, NC. Riding the wave of the wildly successful 2012 Centennial Rosenwald Schools conference in Tuskegee, AL, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with the NC Department of Cultural Resources, Preservation Durham, the Conservation Trust of North Carolina, and others to sponsor a second national Rosenwald schools conference that will feature thirty educational sessions, poster sessions, field sessions at area schools, and other thematic tours. For more information in the coming months, see this page. Click here to sign up to receive conference updates by email.


June 17-20 National Underground Railroad Conference, "Into the Light: Striving for Freedom," Hilton Head Island, SC. For more information about this conference organized by the National Park Service, contact Diane Miller, National Program Manager, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, 402-661-1588, or Sheri Jackson, Southeast Regional Coordinator, 404-507-5635, See this page for more.


September 16-18 Save the Date! 2015 Annual Preservation North Carolina Conference, Salisbury. Keynote speakers are Don Rypkema and Tom Mayes. Go ahead and book your hotel room now. Click here for details


October 8-10 2nd Annual Slave Dwelling Project Conference, North Charleston, SC. The conference's mission is to convene attendees from around the United States and abroad to exchange ideas and resources and to share perspectives and solutions for preserving extant African American slave dwellings for future generations. For more details go to this page.  


November 3-6 Save the date for PastForward 2015, the National Trust Annual Conference to be held this year in Washington, DC, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Sign up for PastForward 2015 updates


Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Historic Rehabilitation Awards honor outstanding achievement in the rehabilitation of developments by recognizing development teams for excellence in the creative use of the historic tax credit (HTC). To be eligible for the 2015 awards round, historic rehabilitation projects will have been financed at least in part with historic tax credits, placed in service in 2014 or by May 1, 2015, and:

  • had a meaningful and major impact on their community;
  • demonstrated financial innovation; or
  • overcame significant obstacles in their development.

For more information see this page. Comments or questions please e-mail or call Alexandra Bernard at 415-356-7627. Entries are due May 14.


New Prize for Social Sector Innovators The J. M. K. Innovation Prize is a new initiative of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation.  Up to ten prizes will be awarded to U. S.-based individuals or teams addressing the country's most pressing needs through social sector innovation.  The prize will provide up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 "bank" of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses, making a total award of $175,000.  Specifically, the prize seeks to support inter-disciplinary innovation in the fields of cultural heritage, human rights, the built environment, and the natural environment.  The prize is particularly designed for early stage ideas being piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries. To learn more, or to apply, visit


Preservation North Carolina Honor Awards nominations are being accepted until July 1. The awards recognize outstanding people, projects, businesses and organizations in the field of historic preservation in several categories: Gertrude S. Carraway Awards of Merit (up to 12 given each year), the Minnette C. Duffy Landscape Preservation Award, the L. Vincent Lowe, Jr. Business Award, the Stedman Incentive Grant, the Robert L. Stipe Professional Award, and the Ruth Coltrane Cannon Award.  


Click here for more information about each category and for instructions on how to apply. The Honor Awards Program will be held during the Annual Conference in Salisbury, September 16-18. 


Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award Nominations are being accepted from the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians until July 1. This annual award honors a project that preserves or restores a historic building, or complex of buildings, in an outstanding manner and that demonstrates excellence in research, technique, and documentation. Projects in the 12-state region of SESAH (which includes North Carolina) that were completed in 2013 or 2014 are eligible. Nominations should consist of no more than two typed pages of description and be accompanied by hard-copy illustrations and any other supporting material. A cover letter should identify the owner of the project, the use of the building(s), and the names of all the major participants of the project. Send three (3) copies to Paige Wagoner Claassen, 2608 Chesterfield Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205. Questions: For more information about the award and SESAH,visit


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