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Last year, Brunswick County made a financial investment to begin a process to help preserve some of the county’s historic places.
In the fall of 2009, local history enthusiasts joined county officials to take a comprehensive look at the historic places and buildings within Brunswick County.
Last week, results of that survey were shared with Brunswick County commissioners.
After a lot of hard work, knocking on doors and talking to people, it was determined the county has about 500 historic properties of note.
This is a new chapter in Brunswick County history. Previously, historic preservation for this community was centered mostly in and around Southport. It’s good to see a more comprehensive look being taken across the county.
Some of Brunswick County’s historic properties are so important they will be considered for designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Among those to be considered are Gause Landing Historic Site, Southport as a historic district, Hickory Hall plantation house in Calabash, Winnabow, a historic turpentine plantation off Governor’s Road in Bolivia and the “White House” in downtown Shallotte.
Also surveyed were the community’s cemeteries. Worthy of note are the wooden grave markers that were discovered. These markers are indigenous to the coastal area because there is little stone here.
A historic preservationist who worked on the project recommends the county consider offering tax incentives for people who rehabilitate and save historic properties. Additionally, he suggests the county get involved with obtaining signage for historic properties.
These are good suggestions.
Brunswick County has a deep, rich history. From the coast to inland farms, its history is worth preserving.
The county made a wise investment when it got the ball moving on this project. We hope to see the momentum continue to move forward so future generations can learn about what makes this community such a special place to live.