Historic Preservation Resources


Visit North Carolina Office of State Archaeology for links to subjects and organizations related to archaeology and anthropology.

Statewide Organizations and Resources:

Preservation North Carolina: A statewide, private, non-profit membership organization that operates a revolving fund for the sale of historic properties and conducts a wide variety of other preservation advocacy, education, and stewardship programs.

North Carolina Archaeology: Presented by the Office of State Archaeology, the North Carolina Archaeological Council, and the North Carolina Archaeological Society.

North Carolina Main Street Program: A service of the Department of Commerce, Division of Community Assistance. Assists revitalization of historic downtowns across the state. Over forty North Carolina communities have participated in the program. 

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits: Provides a good starting point for online research about private foundations, some of which support historic preservation projects. 

Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies: A coalition of societies, associations, and commissions located throughout the state that are dedicated to preserving and promoting history in North Carolina.

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina: Promotes conservation of land for its natural, scenic, historic, and recreational value. Offers a number of practical publications for landowners.


County and Municipal Preservation Commissions:

See the Preservation Commissions Page for inks to local commission websites and commission contact information. . 


Regional, County, and Municipal Preservation Advocacy Organizations:

Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (Buncombe County)

Historic Burke Foundation (Burke County)

Catawba County Historical Association, with links to the association's preservation programs.

The Hickory Landmarks Society (Catawba County)

The Historic Shelby Foundation, Inc. (Cleveland County)

Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc. (Currituck County)

Historic Preservation Society of Durham (Durham County)

Preservation Forsyth (Forsyth County)

Preservation Greensboro, Inc. (Guilford County)

Historic Wilmington Foundation (New Hanover County)

Alliance for Historic Hillsborough (Orange County) 

Preservation Society of Chapel Hill (Orange County)

The Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (Rockingham County)

Historic Salisbury Foundation, Inc. (Rowan County), founded in 1972. Includes walking tour map with virtual tour and links to museum properties owned by the Foundation.

Rockford Preservation Society (Surry County), organized in 1972 for the purpose of stabilizing and preserving the Yadkin River town of Rockford, former county seat of Surry County, .

Capital Area Preservation (Wake County)


Preservation Education Links:

University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and Museum Studies.

Appalachian State University: Graduate Programs in Public History, Historic Preservation, and Museum Studies.

Edgecombe Community College Historic Preservation Technology Program  

The National Council for Preservation Education provides an online directory of preservation education programs.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training


Real Estate Services for Historic Properties:

Preservation North Carolina's Endangered Properties Fund for the sale and purchase of historic properties.

North Carolina Fine Architecture, in association with North Carolina Estates


National Organizations:

National Trust for Historic Preservation: The national preservation advocacy membership organization.

National Park Service National Register Programs: Includes access to the entire National Register database.

National Park Service Preservation Links

National Park Service Technical Preservation Services, with links to rehabilitation guidelines, preservation briefs, and other online technical advice for a variety of restoration and rehabilitation issues.

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Association for Preservation Technology International

Building Technology Heritage Library Posted by APTI, a resource for historic builders' trade catalogs and other publications related to building design and construction technology. 

Preservation Directory.com. An online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States and Canada.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record

Partners for Sacred Places, promotes the "stewardship and active community use of America's older and historic religious properties."

American Association for State and Local History

Preservation Action, the voice of preservation in Washington.

Society for Commercial Archaeology: Established in 1977, the SCA is the oldest national organization devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs, and symbols of the 20th-century commercial landscape.

Landscape Preservation:

Southern Garden History Society.
Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation

Cemetery Preservation:

North Carolina Cemetery Survey and Protective Legislationposted by the Office of State Archaeology.

Association for Gravestone Studies. AGS was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. The association publishes a journal and offers literature on the preservation of gravestones and cemeteries.

Other States Historic Preservation Office Web Sites

List of SHPO Web Sites posted by the National Park Service.  Addresses have changed so frequently, we've given up trying to maintain our own list. 

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

Scholarly Organizations:

The Society of Architectural Historians: Founded in 1940, the Society "encourages scholarly research in the field [of architectural history] and promotes the preservation of significant architectural monuments that are an integral part of our worldwide historical and cultural heritage."

The Vernacular Architecture Forum: Formed in 1980 to encourage the study and preservation of the "ordinary" architecture of human experience, including traditional domestic and agricultural buildings, industrial and commercial structures, twentieth-century suburban houses, settlement patterns and cultural landscapes -- the great diversity of places people have created for living, working, and playing.

Submit suggestions for additional links or report changed or broken links to Andrew Edmonds andrew.edmonds@ncdcr.gov