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Welcome to Preserve Historic Forsyth, the county’s only organization dedicated to preserving historic resources.

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Preservation Month 2015 

Preservation Month 2015 is almost here! The month of May is packed with celebrations, guided tours, and educational opportunities. Click below for a full schedule!




Help Save the Historic Preservation 
Tax Credits

Local efforts are continued to be focused on educating the public about the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Tax Credit program. This program expired at the end of 2014. It was an integral part of the revival of many historic industrial, commercial and residential buildings in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. While the NC Legislature did not renew the credits, new support is possible. 

Please contact your representatives in Raleigh and thank them for their consideration and support. Encourage sympathetic legislators to work on a new program. And keep encouraging our lawmakers to support historic preservation and rehabilitation.  

Find out more about the NC tax credit program at



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 ghostsigns@preservehistoricforsyth.org.




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.



A Rehabilitation in Progress 

Sometimes you may be surprised at what's under that old wood clapboard or dented aluminum siding. Consider what the Hanna family found.


In November 2014, Preserve Historic Forsyth members and friends were invited to tour the Waller House and Farmstead and see the Hanna family's rehabilitation underway. These photos give a clue to the progress. 



Representations of our agrarian past are fast disappearing due to the pressures of economics and development. Be aware of the efforts being made across Forsyth County. The rehabilitation of one such farm is a great place to start. See theWinston Salem Journal article about the rehabilitation at the link below:

http://www.journalnow.com/home_food/home_garden/home/couple-restoring-home-in-pfafftown/article_ecf4a20a-5ae0-11e4-91f3-001a4bcf6878.html



Help a House - Help a Family

On Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19, 2014, Preserve Historic Forsyth partnered with the Circles Initiative of the Shalom Project to work on the exterior of a post-WWII home for a family in need. 

This was the first project of its kind for the two collaborating organizations. The goal? To assist a family needing assistance as well as preserving a historic home in Forsyth County. The weekend was an outstanding success!

We wish to thank all of the volunteers who scraped and painted the exterior of the one story cottage, as well as the companies and individuals who made donations and contributions. We especially want to thank the members of Green Street United Methodist Church. Additional information and photos of the work in progress, including information on how to deal with lead paint, are to follow. 



Annual Membership Meeting

PHF members and guests visited the 1891 Thomas A. Crews House in Walkertown as part of the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting. Find out more about the restored Queen Anne-style home and its' well-preserved collection of outbuildings at link below.

http://www.walkertownareahistoricalsociety.org/crews_4997_main.html




Upcoming Event Registration

We're busy planning our next event, details to come.


What We Do

TOUR
restored historic buildings and restorations in progress.

SPEAK UP
for preservation at public hearings and community forums.

MEET
others who share an interest in preservation at social events.

PARTICIPATE
in historic tours, contests and other preservation activities.

LEARN
about our county’s historic buildings and landscapes.

VOLUNTEER
to write articles, raise money or plan a preservation event.
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