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.

Lynnewood Hall – From Regal to Ruins

Lynnewood Hall

Then and Now

The following excerpt is from a FOX news article.  To read the story in its entirity please follow the link at the end.  There is also a Facebook Fan Page – Save Lynnewood Hall for those of you interested in following the story.

“Lynnewood Hall, a century-old stunner of a building just outside Philadelphia, silently, almost invisibly, languishes 200 feet beyond a two-lane blacktop road like a crumbling little Versailles.

The graceful fountain that welcomed hundreds of well-heeled visitors, President Franklin Roosevelt among them, was dismantled and sold years ago. Its once meticulously sculpted French gardens are overgrown with weeds and vines. The classical Indiana limestone facade may have lost its luster but its poise still remains — at least from the other side of rusted wrought iron gates that keep the curious at bay.

Like other Gilded Age palaces of the nation’s pre-Depression industrial titans, Lynnewood Hall is a relic of a bygone era facing an uncertain future. Will it befall the same fate as neighboring Whitemarsh Hall, the demolished mansion of banking magnate Edward Stotesbury? Or will it be returned to former glory, like industrialist Alfred I. duPont’s former Nemours Mansion in Delaware?

“It’s a tragedy that people drive past Lynnewood Hall and don’t know what it is, or don’t even notice it’s there,” said Stephen J. Barron, who runs a website and Facebook group aiming to drum up interest in the mansion’s plight. “It breaks my heart and it bothers me. The house is a work of art.”

Long before its current humble predicament, Lynnewood Hall was home to the uber-wealthy Widener family and called “the last of the American Versailles.”

Please following this link to FOX news for the complete article.

National Trust for Historic Preservation WINS!

It was truly a nail biter in the American Express TakePart Grant Competition!  The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Rails To Trails were neck and neck the whole way to the end…..

In an unusual way, Rail To Trails decided to announce the winner – read on for their announcement – VERY CLASSY!  Way to go to all the participants!

American Express TakePart Grant Winners Announced.

Historic Wake Forest NC Local Resources

Wake Forest NC is committed to preserving the historic charm and character that have survived the last century and in doing so offer many resources that are just a click away whether you are a current resident or a newcomer.

If you are interested in Historic Preservation in Wake Forest NC you can certainly keep up with the latest meeting minutes from the Historic Preservation Commission meetings. Meetings are help the second Wednesday of each month and you can find the resulting meeting minutes on their webpage.

In addition to meeting minutes you can find a wealth of information on their site such as:

For more information about Historic Wake Forest NC please feel free to give me a call at 919.649.6128 or simply send me an email! There are a multitude of beautiful historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC in all price points and sizes!  I would be happy to show you around!  Don’t forget to check out my website, Wake Forest House Chick, for the latest Wake Forest NC real estate news, events and so much more…..


National Trust for Historic Preservation announces 2010 America’s Most Endangered Places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced their 2010 America’s 11 Most Endangered Places list.  Among the 11 you will find:

  • President Lincoln’s cottage in Washington D.C.
  • Angel Island Immigration Center in San Francisco
  • Merritt Parkway in Fairfield County Connecticut
  • Metropolitan AME Church in Washington D.C.
  • Threefoot Building in Meridian Mississippi

Check out the list and be sure to share with friends!  Together we can all make a difference in saving historic places!!!!

Saving Endangered Places with Social Media.


Glencoe Mill Village, Burlington NC – Return to a Mill

Amazing piece on the restoration of Glencoe Mill Village in Burlington, NC!  Here is an account from someone that was there when it was ruins and has seen the incredible rebirth!

“Such potential—not to mention the tangible successes at Glencoe—gives hope to the architects of the heritage corridor that other towns will pay similar attention to their own at-risk mill buildings. But it’s not always easy to get people to see the value of what’s right in front of their noses.”

You can read the entire article at National Trust for Historic Preservation – Return To A Mill

Terms To Know When Dealing With Historic Properties

If you are interested in historic properties there are a few terms that you should familiarize yourself with.  A few of the words may sound similar and it can get somewhat confusing.  Here is a sampling of terms that you should become familar with when delving into the world of historic properties:

  • Rehabilitate:  To repair a structure and make it usable again while preserving those portions or features of the property that are historically and culturally significant.  For example, rehabilitation might include an updated kitchen while retaining the historic stairwell and fireplaces.  Most common approach for private houses.
  • Restore:  To return a building to its form and condition as represented by a specified period of time using materials that are as similar as possible to the original materials.
  • Stabilize:  To protect a building from deterioration by making it structurally secure, while maintaining its current form.
  • Renovate:  To repair a structure and make it usable again, without attempting to restore its historic appearance or duplicate original construction methods or material.
  • Preserve:  To maintain a structure’s existing form through careful maintenance and repair.
  • Reconstruct:  To re-create an historic building that has been damaged or destroyed; to erect a new structure resembling the old using historical, archaeological, architectural documents.
  • Remodel:  To change a building without regard to its distinctive features or style.  Often involves changing the appearance of a structure by removing or covering original details and substituting new materials and forms.

For more information regarding historic properties be sure to visit The National Trust for Historic Preservation where the above glossary can be found.  For information regarding Historic Properties in Wake Forest NC please feel free to give me a call or send me an email – I’d be happy to show you what Wake Forest NC has to offer!

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