Governor McCrory Announces $105,000 in Grant Funding for 13 Historic Preservation Projects | Beaufort County Now | Governor Pat McCrory announced today that $105,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 13 historic preservation projects in nine North Carolina counties.

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    Raleigh, N.C.     Governor Pat McCrory announced today that $105,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 13 historic preservation projects in nine North Carolina counties. These funds will support projects that will help communities restore historic landmarks in small towns and cities throughout North Carolina.

    "These grants are important to our local communities to help preserve and maintain some of our state's most priceless historic properties," said Governor McCrory. "This is truly a partnership between all levels of government, and I am pleased that we are continuing this effort to promote historic preservation through the Historic Preservation Fund."

    Each year, federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants are awarded by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) through the National Park Service's Certified Local Government Program (CLG). This preservation partnership between local, state, and national governments focuses on promoting historic preservation at the grassroots level. The HPO will both monitor and provide technical assistance for each project.

    Governor McCrory has championed historic preservation as a catalyst for job growth and economic development. Under Governor McCrory's leadership, Historic Tax Credits have been re-established, and have contributed over $2 billion of private investment to the state's economy.

    "The story of North Carolina is told through our historic buildings," said Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz. "These building represent the places our fathers, mothers and grandparents worked and lived and hold special places in our hearts. Their architecture is unique and adds character to our towns and cities. Economic development and jobs are created by preserving these structures that become home to new businesses in our local communities."

    The Historic Preservation Fund is a federal matching grant program administered jointly by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the state Historic Preservation Office. Each fall, the HPO announces the availability of competitive HPF grants to the 48 local governments in North Carolina that are designated as CLGs by the National Park Service.

    These local governments have demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation. This includes establishing a historic preservation commission, enforcing state and local legislation to designate and protect local and historic properties, which provide public participation in the process. Additional CLG program information is available here.

    Locations and details of each project include:

    Burke County

    Grantee: City of Morganton

    Project: Quaker Meadows - Roof Repair of the McDowell House

    Working through the City of Morganton, the Historic Burke Foundation has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $11,100 to repair the cedar shingle roof on the McDowell House at Quaker Meadows Plantation. Constructed in 1812 by Captain Charles McDowell, Jr., the McDowell House is believed to be the oldest surviving brick house in Burke County. The house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is a designated local landmark. The Historic Burke Foundation, Inc. will provide $3,514 in matching funds for the project.

    Carteret County

    Grantee: Town of Beaufort

    Project: Old Burying Ground Masonry Wall Repair

    In the coastal town of Beaufort, the 1700s Old Burying Ground has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $20,000 to repair the masonry wall that protects the grounds. The burial grounds are the final resting place to some of North Carolina's important figures including Captain Otway Burns, a privateer from the War of 1812, and Captain Josiah Pender, who captured Fort Macon in April 1861. The repairs will be undertaken using appropriate techniques and materials that are compatible with the historic fabric of the existing wall. The Town of Beaufort will provide $15,000 in matching funds for the project.

    Cumberland County

    Grantee: City of Fayetteville

    Project: Window Restoration Workshop

    The City of Fayetteville Historic Resources Commission has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $1,500 to host window restoration workshop. The workshop will be free and open to both the public and other historic preservation commissions. The goal of the workshop will be to provide owners of older buildings an understanding of the importance and cost effectiveness of preserving historic windows and not replacing them with costly new ones. The workshop will be held at the National Register-listed Prince Charles Hotel in downtown Fayetteville, a building currently undergoing rehabilitation.

    Gaston County

    Grantee: Gaston County

    Project: Hoyle House Siding and Dog Trot Repair

    The Gaston County Historic Preservation Commission has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $3,000 to repair the siding and dog trot on the Hoyle House, likely the oldest residential structure in Gaston county. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, the Hoyle House is an unusual example of a Pennsylvania-German corner-post log house thought to have been built in the mid- to late-18th century and updated in the Federal style around 1810. It is owned and maintained by the Hoyle Historic Homestead, Inc. (HHH), a non-profit organization formed to preserve the house. HHH will provide $5,000 in matching funds for the project.

    Guilford County

    Grantee: City of High Point

    Project: High Point Design Review Guidelines Update

    The High Point Historic Preservation Commission has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $10,000 to complete an update of the current design guidelines, which were written in 1992, with few amendments since. Design guidelines provide historic district residents, property owners and contractors with the information needed when considering a project to repair, rehabilitate or alter historic properties. Design guidelines also help the historic preservation commission and local officials make consistent decisions regarding work in local historic districts. The City of High Point will provide $10,000 in matching funds for the project.

    Iredell County

    Grantee: Town of Mooresville

    Project: Mooresville Design Guidelines Update

    The Town of Mooresville has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $12,000 to complete an update of the current design guidelines. Design guidelines provide historic district residents, property owners and contractors with the information needed when considering a project to repair, rehabilitate or alter historic properties. Design guidelines also help the historic preservation commission and local officials make consistent decisions regarding work in local historic districts. The Town of Mooresville will provide $10,000 in matching funds for the project.

    Orange County

    Grantee: Town of Hillsborough

    Project: Hillsborough Architectural Survey Update

    The Town of Hillsborough has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $5,000 to conduct an architectural survey update of historic properties in the town. The survey will include significant properties located outside the current Hillsborough National Register Historic District boundaries, but within the town limits. Once completed, the documentation will provide essential material for the proposed publication of an architectural history book of Orange County, which is to be a joint effort with the Orange County Historic Preservation Commission. The town will provide $5,000 in matching funds for the project.

    Orange County

    Grantee: Town of Hillsborough

    Project: Old Town Cemetery Workshop

    The Town of Hillsborough has a been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $2,900 to conduct a cemetery workshop at Old Town Cemetery located in the Hillsborough National Register Historic District. One session of the workshop will be dedicated to teaching the proper repair and maintenance of headstones. A second session will demonstrate the use of ground penetrating radar, a noninvasive technique used to identify unmarked graves. The workshop will free and open to the public. The Town of Hillsborough will contribute $600 in matching funds for the project.

    Transylvania County

    Grantee: Transylvania County

    Project: Allison-Deaver House Repairs

    Working with Transylvania County Joint Historic Preservation Commission, the Transylvania County Historical Society has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $11,000 for repairs of the Allison-Deaver House. Funds will be used to repair recent water damage. Built in 1815, and possibly the oldest standing frame house in Western North Carolina, the Allison-Deaver House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and is also a local landmark. The Transylvania County Joint Historic Preservation Commission will provide $4,000 in matching funds for the project.

    Wake County

    Grantee: City of Raleigh

    Project: Raleigh Architectural Survey Update

    The Raleigh Historic Development Commission has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $10,000 to hire a consultant to conduct an architectural survey of properties not previously documented in a 2006 survey, including rural properties that have been annexed in the last 20 years. Information gathered from identifying and evaluating historic resources will allow the city to consider these areas for future planning. The survey may also identify potential new National Register historic districts. The City of Raleigh will contribute $20,000 in matching funds for the project.

    Wake County

    Grantee: Wake County

    Project: Wake County Survey Update - Phase III

    The Wake County Historic Preservation Commission has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $13,500 to hire a consultant to conduct the third phase of a multi-phase architectural survey of historic properties in the county. The third phase will focus on updating an existing architectural survey within the long- and short-range urban service areas of and around the towns of Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs, as well as the long-range urban service areas of northwest Wake County. The county will contribute $9,000 in matching funds for the project.

    The areas to be surveyed were selected by the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office as limited documentation exists on their historic resources and all of the communities face increased development. Identifying and documenting historic resources will give the towns the information necessary for considering their heritage as they plan for growth.

    Wake County

    Grantee: Town of Wake Forest

    Project: Archaeology Workshop at the Ailey Young House

    The Town of Wake Forest has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $4,500 for a public archaeological workshop to be held at the Ailey Young House. Grant funds will be used to hire consultants to conduct an analysis of artifacts previously collected from the site and to demonstrate the use of ground-penetrating radar. The radar can provide further information about Ailey Young House without conducting ground-disturbing activity. The consultant will then prepare a report on the findings for the town.

    An extremely rare example of Reconstruction-era workers' housing, the Ailey Young House is an important local landmark and served as the childhood dwelling of Allen Young. Young was the town's most significant African-American educator who helped to establish the first school for African-American children in Wake Forest in 1905. The Town of Wake Forest will contribute $2,000 in matching funds for the project.

    Wake County

    Grantee: Town of Wake Forest

    Project: North Carolina Rehabilitation Code and Tax Credit Workshop

    The Town of Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $500 to assist with the development of a public workshop on the North Carolina Rehabilitation Code and the Federal and State Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The free workshop will provide the public with important information regarding the Rehabilitation Code, Secretary of Interior's Standards, appropriate building materials for historic buildings, and the Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The town will contribute $500 in funds for the project.

    For additional information on the Historic Preservation Fund grants, please call (919) 807-6582. The State Historic Preservation Office is within the Office of Archives and History of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

  • Contact: Crystal Feldman
  •     govpress@nc.gov

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