#LifeatStewart / The Town of Wake Forest Promotes its Historic District

May 10th / 2021

The Town of Wake Forest Promotes its Historic District

Municipal Planner Andrea Radford serves as chairperson of the Town of Wake Forest’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), in which she facilitates monthly HPC meetings. HPC members are responsible for reviewing applications for approval for a Certificate of Appropriateness for alterations of structures within the local historic district.

Through the HPC, the Town of Wake Forest celebrates National Preservation Month to instill community pride and promote historical places and heritage tourism. Andrea and the committee plan summer walking tours where 10–12 participants learn more about the history of Wake Forest and the architectural history of the homes in the local historic district.

Every two years, the Christmas Historic Home Tour features over 10 homes and opens these homes to people who purchased tickets. The proceeds are split between the Women’s Club of Wake Forest and the HPC. The proceeds are donated to other organizations annually, with some funding for adding new signage for the local historic district and the protection and restoration of the Alley Young House.

The Town of Wake Forest and grants from the NC State Historic Preservation Office have helped tremendously with these restoration efforts. Also, the HPC annually offers grants to residents in the local historic district for exterior maintenance—not including new construction, interior renovations, site improvements, and landscaping.

The following are various events and activities happening in the Town of Wake Forest to celebration National Preservation Month.

Preservation Month Virtual Events

  1. Adventures with Old Houses, Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. Join for an online discussion with Ed Morris, director of the Wake Forest Historical Museum, and homeowners from the Wake Forest Historic District.
  2. The Story Map of the Northeast Community in Wake Forest, Tuesday, May 25, 6:30 p.m.  Join for an introduction to this preservation project and discussion with Michelle Michael, HPC senior planner, and Chris Robey, MLA candidate, University of Georgia.

Virtual Tours

Another fantastic way to honor preservation month and learn more about Wake Forest’s rich history is to take a self-guided Walking Tour. The Town has two self-guided Walking Tours:

  1. Downtown District
  2. Local Historic District

Tours are accessible through the Town App, website, and physical brochures are available at Town Hall on the third floor

Historic Preservation Month Scavenger Hunt

The Town of Wake Forest is launching a historic scavenger hunt. Ten pictures of local Wake Forest historic features are shown below. All participants who upload all ten photos of the correct historic features will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to Lumpy’s Ice Cream. Learn more HERE.

Coloring Fun

Download the Calvin Jones House coloring page by clicking on the image or link.

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