[10 on Tuesday] 10 Ways to Weatherize Your Historic Home

Having a historic home can sometimes mean having a drafty home.  After all, the property is most likely 100+ years old, right?  Here are 10 awesome ways that you can weatherize your historic home.

Do you have any tips for weatherizing historic homes?  If so, pass them along!

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[10 on Tuesday] 10 Ways to Weatherize Your Historic Home.


River Mill, Wake Forest NC – Historic Condos

Notable Neighborhoods in Wake Forest NC – River Mill

River Mill Condos Wake Forest NCRiver Mill is one of the oldest manufacturing mills in North Carolina and has seen many transitions in it’s lifetime which has spanned the decades!  From the first recorded use in 1855 this mill has had many uses including granite mill, powder making factory during the Revolutionary War, paper mill, cotton mill and lastly an incredible restoration in the mid-80s turning the old mill into condos.

This 23 acre site bounded by the Neuse River and Falls Lake is rich in wildlife, tranquility, history and natural beauty.  The backdrop of the dam and falls provides natural beauty beyond compare.  There are three separate buildings that comprise River Mill; The Annex, The Mill and The Woods.  Opportunities are rare to own a condo within these buildings.

River Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Just a few of the amenities offered are shared flower and herb gardens, outdoor grills, gazebo, horseshoes, basketball goal, and plenty of parking!

For more information regarding these rare opportunities within River Mill please feel free to call me or simply send me an email – I would be delighted to help!  It is so easy for me to set up an alert should a unit become available – they go FAST!

Other Notable Neighborhoods in Wake Forest NC:


This opportunity does not come along often so if you are interested please give me a call and we can get an appointment scheduled!

$ 197,000
MLS # 1819953

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Wake Forest NC – This Place Matters!!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s campaign “This Place Matters” helps people protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them!  This campaign has helped to bring to light communities and locations that are important to us and preserving those locations for future generations.  For those of you that know me you know that historic homes and locations are near and dear to my heart as is the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  It makes me smile to see all of the photos and stories that flood into the site from people all around the country that have places near and dear to them.  This is what historic preservation is all about!

The Town of Wake Forest NC has begun it’s local campaign for “This Place Matters” and you can join in by sharing the historic places in Wake Forest NC that matter to YOU!  How can you participatte?  It’s easy – all you have to do is visit the Wake Forest NC This Place Matters campaign site and download your free “This Place Matters” sign.  Take a digital photo of yourself holding the sign at local residences, landmarks or other significant locations throughout Wake Forest NC that matter to you.  Submit your photo along with a short story as to why the location is important and meaningful to you to thisplacematters@wakeforestnc.gov.   All photo submissions with then be displayed in a slide show at http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/thisplacematters_photos.aspx

For more information regarding the local “This Place Matters” campaign you can contact Agnes Wanman at (919) 435-9516 or AWanman@wakeforestnc.gov.  For information on the National “This Place Matters” please visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Searching For Historic Homes in Wake Forest NC?

Wake Forest NC is rich with history and along with that comes gorgeous architecture that reflects a period in time when homes were showcases and masterpieces.  There is a diverse mixture of architectural styles in historic Wake Forest NC that range from Victorian to Georgian style.  The majority of the historic homes in Wake Forest have been lovingly cared for and kept up to standards with the Historic Guidelines set forth by the Wake Forest NC Historic Commission in conjunction with the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office.

If you are interested in exploring some of the historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC you can check out a few of the offerings at the end of this post.  Also, for more information on the Historic Guidelines, historic home rehabilitation or Tax Credits that may be available I would like to point you to “What’s YOUR Circa?“.  There you can find a bevy of information to help you decide if a historic home is right for you!  You can easily search for information via the Categories on the right hand side of the blog and, as always, you can certainly email me with any questions that you may have!  Again, that link is What’s YOUR Circa?

In the meantime, here is a quick video with some examples of what you can find by way of historic homes in Wake Forest NC.  Don’t forget to peek below the video for some great historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC!


  • circa 1901: 1350 sf, 3bd/1ba, $55,000.00
  • circa 1910: 1600 sf, 1bd/2.5ba $59,999.00
  • circa 1901: 714 sf, 1bd/1ba $70,000.00
  • circa 1909: 1158 sf, 3bd/1.5ba $113,900.00
  • circa 1901: 3822 sf, 4bd/6ba $225,000.00
  • circa 1840: 3870 sf, 5bd/4ba $275,000.00
  • circa 1920: 2827 sf, 3bd/2ba $397,000.00

Considering a Historic Home in Wake Forest NC? Become Familiar With a COA!

So you’ve just purchased that historic home in Wake Forest NC that you have always dreamed about or maybe you already own a historic home in Wake Forest NC – either way, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is something that you should be familiar with.

What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?  A Certificate of Appropriateness is a permit that allows you physically alter exterior surfaces and areas within a Historic District.  A COA will most likely be issued when it has been determined that the proposed improvements conform with the overall historic character of the District.  You must obtain a COA PRIOR TO any work beginning.  A COA will have specific quidelines set forth to determine how the work will be done as well as set parameters to operate within.

For instance,  you want to paint your white historic home in Wake Forest NC a different color that perhaps you think will evoke a more Victorian “feel”.  Before you can do so you must apply for and receive a Certificate of Appropriateness.  Should you want to paint your home the SAME color then you would not need a COA.  (Always better to be safe though and call your local Historic Preservation Committee)

Some additional examples of what MAY not need a COA are:

  • Interior renovations or remodels that do not affect the exterior of the home.
  • Planting of shrubs, flower, trees

What is most important though are the types of work that DO need a Certificate of Appropriateness.  Here are a few examples:

  • Moving of a structure
  • Demolition of a structure
  • Conversion to handicap accessible
  • Fences, pools, tennis courts
  • ANY change to the roof line of the structure
  • any addition of an outlying building such as a shed or garage

Keep in mind that even if the scope of your future project does not entail a Building Permit you still need a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Again, for any specific questions regarding your City or Town it would be best to contact your Historic Preservation Committee.

While purchasing and owning a historic home is a wonderful achievement and a life long dream for many – it is best to remember that historic homeownership can be drastically different from that of non-historic homeownership.  Due to the delicate nature of these properties and their significant contribution to history they have to be handled with care which is why there are so many safeguards in place to ensure that they continue their legacy.

If you are currently searching for historic homes in Wake Forest NC please let me know!  There are quite a few currently listed and I would be happy to share their history with you.  You can reach me at 919.649.6128 or simply send me an email!  To discover more that Wake Forest NC has to offer you can visit:

Life in Wake Forest NC

Discover Wake Forest NC

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Historic Raleigh NC Post Office – circa 1878 – Help Keep It Open!

Here is one story that I will be following closely.  As a result of economic downturn as well less volume this historic Raleigh NC landmark is in jeopardy of closing.  Here is an excerpt from the ABC11 story.

RALEIGH (WTVD) — A downtown Raleigh landmark that has been in service continually for nearly 135 years is set to be shutdown.

The Century Post Office at the Federal Building on Fayetteville Street has been in operation since 1878 — it was actually the first post office built in the south following the Civil War.

Now, the US Postal Service says it wants to close the office in mid-July, citing a 20 percent decline in mail volume and lost revenue of $8.5 billion in the last two years.

You can read the full story here.    What are your thoughts on the potential closing of such a significant historic landmark here in Raleigh NC?

Richmond Run Drive, Raleigh NC – Magnificent Executive Home in Wakefield Plantation

Leesa Finley | Circa Properties | (919) 649-6128
12532 Richmond Run Drive, Raleigh, NC
Executive Wakefield Plantation home on Beautifully Landscaped Lot!
4BR/3+1BA Single Family House
offered at $849,900
Year Built 2001
Sq Footage 5,116
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3 full, 1 partial
Floors 2
Parking 3 Car garage
Lot Size .38 acres
HOA/Maint $28 per month


Exceptional executive home located in golf community of Wakefield Plantation. Upgrades throughout this magnificent home allow for easy and upscale living. Meticulously manicured, fenced yard with extensive landscaping provides beautiful views and peace of mind.

Interior has wonderful floorplan that is conducive to everyday family life as well as entertaining. Open floorplan flows well from room to room. The kitchen has wonderful views into the family room and also has a breakfast area perfect for those meals on the go. Granite counter tops, stainless steel, top of the line appliances such as Viking, builtin wine rack and double ovens are just a few of the features that set this kitchen apart from all the others – complete convenience AND simply gorgeous.

There is so much to explore with 12532 Richmond Run – you won’t want to miss the incredible first floor master suite, sunroom, fitness room and MORE!

see additional photos below

– Central A/C – Central heat – Fireplace
– Walk-in closet – Hardwood floor – Family room
– Living room – Bonus/Rec room – Office/Den
– Dining room – Breakfast nook – Dishwasher
– Refrigerator – Stove/Oven – Microwave
– Granite countertop – Stainless steel appliances – Laundry area – inside
– Balcony, Deck, or Patio – Yard


– Clubhouse – Swimming pool(s) – Tennis court(s)
– Golf course – Playground


– Sunroom
– Fitness Room
– Fenced Yard
– Double Stairs

12532 Richmond Run


Family Room

Formal Dining Room

One Yard View

12532 Richmond Run
Contact info:
Leesa Finley
Circa Properties
(919) 649-6128
For sale by agent/broker

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Weekends in Wake Forest NC – March 18 – 20, 2011

Weekends in Wake Forest NCAbsolutely gorgeous weather in store for Wake Forest NC this weekend so be sure to check out this weekend’s events and get out and enjoy the start of Spring!  There is quite a mix of things to do this weekend that appeal to all ages.  I hope I get to see you out and about and if you do see me please say hello!



Wake Forest Farmers’ Market
Saturday, March 19; 10 am – noon
Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.
The Wake Forest Farmers’ Market is open from 10 am to noon on the first and third Saturdays in March. Beginning April 2 through Nov. 19 the market will be open every Saturday from 8 am to noon. The market offers pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb and chicken, as well as fresh produce, eggs, honey, baked goods, handmade soaps and lotions, art and crafts. For more information call (919) 556-2284 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (919) 556-2284 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (919) 556-2284      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.wakeforestmarket.org.

Sweethearts Dance
Saturday, March 19; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Kerr Family YMCA Gym
Gentlemen, don’t let this opportunity pass you by to spend precious one-on-one time with your little girls. Enjoy crafts and refreshments, stop by our chocolate fountain, take a picture in your Sunday best, and most of all, make a memory that she’ll never forget. Register at the Welcome Center of the Kerr or Factory YMCA. For more information, contact Jon Gutekunst at (919) 562-9605 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (919) 562-9605 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (919) 562-9605      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or jon.gutekunst@ymcatriangle.org.

Eagle Project Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, March 20; 8 to noon
Walter E. Cole Post 187, 225 E. Holding Ave.
The American Legion Hall will host an “Eagle Project Pancake Breakfast” on Sunday, March 20, from 8 am to noon at Walter E. Cole Post 187, 225 East Holding Ave. The breakfast will feature the American Legion’s usual favorites – pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. The proceeds from this breakfast will be used to purchase handicapped and senior-friendly picnic tables for an outside eating area for an Eagle project at the American Legion. Donations for the Eagle project can be made at the door or you may contact Vik Mukherjee at (919) 570-3235 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (919) 570-3235      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

“An Irish Music Celebration” — Virginia Tull Music & Art Series
Sunday, March 20; 3 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Ave.

Featuring Wake Forest’s finest: Dr. Jeanine Skinner, David Fitzgerald and WFBC Artist in Residence Jennifer Paschal. All three musical artists claim Scotch-Irish ancestry and a love for Irish music. The program will include vocal, piano and organ selections. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact David Fitzgerald, Minister of Music at Wake Forest Baptist Church davidfitzgerald@ncrrbiz.com.

Wake Forest Historical Association Meeting
Sunday, March 20; 3-5 pm
Wake Forest Historical Museum

The Wake Forest Historical Association will sponsor a meeting about Dr. B.W. Wells Sunday, March 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. The speaker will be Jimmy Ray, who grew up on the Wells’ Rockcliff Farm in the Stony Hill area. Ray knew Wells and his wife as Uncle Bert and Aunt Maud. The free meeting at the Wake Forest Historical Museum behind the Calvin Jones House is open to everyone, and we would like area people who knew the Wellses to come and share their memories. There will be refreshments, and we will accept $10 memberships for 2011.

Sports Fan? Wake Forest NC Is Close to ALL The Sports Mania! Part 1 of 3

The Raleigh area doesn’t have a “sports” season.  No, my friends, the pandemonium is year round!UNC Tarheels  Between professional teams and collegiate teams there is enough sports fever in the area to satisfy the MOST avid sports devotee…While I will not debate who is the best or which team I personally follow I will show you what we have and you can decide!



The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill boasts one of the finest Men’s Basketball teams in the nation!  A few of the accolades to mention are:

  • The 1957 National Championship game versus Kansas was the only triple overtime contest in championship history.
  • The Tar Heels have only reached the Final Four four times without winning the ACC Tournament (1993, 1995, 2000, 2005).
  • UNC has appeared in 39 NCAA Tournaments, which ties them for second most all-time with UCLA behind Kentucky (48).
  • UNC has been the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament 11 times, the latest being in 2007 (most #1 seeds all-time).
  • UNC has been in the Sweet Sixteen 27 times, the latest being in 2007. The 27 appearances is the all-time NCAA record.
  • UNC has been to the Final Four 16 times (2nd all-time). 
  • UNC has been ranked in the top 25 616 times (1st all-time).
  • UNC has the most consecutive 20-win seasons, with 31.
  • Brendan Haywood recorded the first triple-double in UNC History against the University of Miami December 4, 2001 with a 18 point, 14 rebound, and 10 blocks (also a UNC record) in the contest.

There have been quite a few basketball players from the Tar Heels that have gone on to shine well beyond their college years.  You may have heard of one or two….

  • Michael Jordan – ever hear of him?  Does anyone know if he needs a new house?
  • Larry Brown
  • Walter Davis
  • Brad Daugherty
  • Matt Doherty
  • Rick Fox
  • James Worthy


A mention of UNC Chapel Hill must also include the The North Carolina Tar Heels football team.  While the football team might not be quite as prominent as their basketball team it is most definitely a contender in the ACC Conference.  The Tar Heels have participated in 25 Bowl Games and have won 5 Conference Championships.  A few of the most notable notables include:

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first college team to use the forward pass in 1895
  • The Tar Heels received 20 letters of intent on National Signing Day, February 7, 2007. Three student athletes had already enrolled before National Signing Day making this class relatively large with 23 commitments.
  • At the beginning of the 4th quarter, AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” is played and students hold up four fingers indicating the quarter.

A few of the prominent players to go on and makes waves after the college years are:

  • Lawrence Taylor
  • Jeff Saturday
  • Alge Crumpler
  • Willie Parker
  • Greg Ellis
  • Dre Bly
  • Julius Peppers

In 2007, the team got an enormous boost in the form of former Miami Hurricanes and Cleveland Browns Head Coach, Butch Davis.  Optimism is at an all time high!  In addition, the school pledged to fund the football program on a level equivalent to that of the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.   The winds of change are in the air……

Stayed tuned for Part II – North Carolina State Wolfpack!

Excuse Me, Where is the Wake Forest University? It’s Not in Wake Forest NC BUT…

I can not tell you how many times I have been in stores or restaurants and I hear tourists Wake Forest NC Museumasking for directions to the Wake Forest University.  When they find that although they may BE in Wake Forest the University is approximately 2 hours away……Talk about frustrated!  Sometimes they even get mad like it was a whole conspiracy by the town to mislead them…….Well, here is a little history lesson regarding Wake Forest and well, Wake Forest…..

Way, way back in February of 1834 (told you it was way back) the very first class enrolled in what was then called the Wake Forest College.  When the Civil War started all the students but 5 were obligated to the Confederate Army.  That huge loss of student body forced the school to close in 1862. The school reopened in 1866 and thrived over the next 40 years.  The campus expanded dramatically, the student enrollment increased, endowment flowed and shortly afterwards the law and medical schools were created.

Sadly, during World War I the enrollment dipped again but the impact had no where near the effect of the Civil War.  Shortly after the war conflict enrollment increased once again.

Wake Forest NC MuseumIn 1934 the school celebrated it centennial! Again, war disrupted campus life (World War II) and enrollment dropped.  To counter balace the sudden loss of student body the school altered it’s admission policy and starting enrolling women for the very first time.  Life around campus was changed forever!

Shortly after the war the school was approached with an offer from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to partially fund the school only if it moved to Winston-Salem, NC.  After consideration the offer was accepted to move Wake Forest College.  The current campus was then sold to the Convention to establish the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary which still exists today and thrives in Wake Forest.

Planning and construction then began on the new 23 acre campus in Winston-Salem, NC for the new home of the Wake Forest College.  The groundbreaking ceremony took place in 1951.

Spring of 1956 was a very sad time for the residents on Wake Forest, NC as they watched the movingWake Forest NC Museum vans leaving and the migration to Wake Forest’s College new home in Winston-Salem, NC had finally come.  A wonderful society was formed (Wake Forest Garden Club) and they spearheaded the efforts to save the Calvin Jones house which was the original birthplace of the Wake Forest College.  It still stands today having been preserved through various efforts and is a reminder of our rich, educational past.   While the college may no longer reside here in Wake Forest the legacy remains!  The original home which housed the college has been preserved and is open for visitors as the Wake Forest Museum.  The Wake Forest Museum is dedicated to preserving the Wake Forest College history prior to its move and just a few of the items available for viewing are an impressive collection of photos, books, college publications, furniture, documents, professors’ writings, and medical, law and sports memorabilia.  The Museum is open Tues.-Fri. from 10am-Noon and 1:30pm-4:30pm.  On Sundays it is open from 3pm-5pm.  Admission is FREE!

As a resident of Wake Forest I can honestly say that the town has retained much of it’s historic past!  This is one of a handful of towns that have retained their heritage and promoted preservation.  While we do have modern stores and restaurants in the Wake Forest area the heart of downtown Wake Forest has survived the encroachment through the tremendous efforts of the The Birthplace Society’s Board, Historic Preservation Commission, and The Planning Board.

I hope that you take the time to explore Wake Forest and all that it has to offer!