May was National and Local Historic Preservation Month
Preservation Month was designed to raise awareness of the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our neighborhoods and communities. Preserve Historic Forsyth, the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, and the New Winston Museum teamed up to host events throughout the month. We hope you joined us.
We would like to thank our partners, event sponsors, and all who helped make this a month to remember. Special thanks to West End Mill Works for starting the month long celebration with an opening reception. Please visit this eclectic redevelopment at the site of the historic Hoots Milling Co. roller mill at 918 Bridge Street. See the old/new warehouse district tucked between the West End, Hanes Park and Downtown. Phase I includes a craft beer brewery, a micro-distillery, yoga studio, restaurant, and glass blowing studio.
Local efforts have been focused on educating the public about the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Tax Credit program which is scheduled to sunset at the end of 2014 and the federal historic tax credit that has been proposed to be eliminated from the tax code. Both of these programs have been an integral part of the revival of many historic industrial, commercial and residential buildings in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. It's not too late to contact your representatives in Raleigh and voice your support.
Find out more about the NC tax credit program at
PHF Celebrated Preservation MonthAs part of National Historic Preservation Month, Preserve Historic Forsyth hosted two events.
Thanks to Korner's Folly for hosting a mini-workshop and Historic Bethabara Park for allowing our guests to visit the fort and log house.
A special thanks goes out to Hayes Wauford, Executive Vice President of Wilson-Covington Construction Company, who led an informative wood window repair discussion and masonry repair and repointing demonstration in Kernersville on Saturday May 10. Wilson-Covington performed interior and exterior restorations at the 1880's home as part of the award winning Korner's Folly "Operation Restoration".
On the following Saturday, Hayes joined PHF at the French and Indian War Palisades Fort at Historic Bethabara Park. There he gave a short history of the Moravians in the 1700's back woods of NC, explained what was required to reconstruct the palisades and how historical authenticity was balanced with workability and longevity for the park. Wilson-Covington was honored in 2013 by Preservation North Carolina for the reconstruction of the Palisades Fort.
Annual Membership Meeting
PHF members and guests visited the 1891 Thomas A. Crews House in Walkertown as part of the Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday April 27. Find out more about the restored Queen Anne-style home and its' well-preserved collection of outbuildings at link below.
Thanks to all who helped make this a successful event.
Special thanks to Love's United Methodist Church, the Crews family, and the Walkertown Area Historical Society.
Ghost signs live again
Our ghost signs task force is looking for the faded, the flaking and the fascinating remnants of old advertising signs painted on buildings around the county.
The group plans to catalog the signs and repaint or restore some of them. You can help us build a map of signs. Feel free to include an image but please keep the size under 500Kb. Submit locations to email@example.com.
Wood Windows Task Force
To combat the tsunami of disinformation and misinformation about the necessity of replacing old wood windows with vinyl, a group of PHF members have put together an educational program about the benefits of restoring wood windows.
The task force has appeared at environmental fairs and is available to speak to community groups. Contact preservehistoricforsyth.org for additional information.