Old Wilson Mile Focus: Preservation of Wilson is focusing on the Old Wilson Mile as a means to gain better understanding of how to promote an economically strong residential historic district. It is our vision that the Wilson historic districts are pedestrian friendly neighborhoods which offers a safe and comfortable place to call Home.
Sidewalk Medallion Program: Preservation of Wilson is in the process of telling the Old Wilson Mile story by creating the Old Wilson Mile Sidewalk Medallion Program. Bronze directional medallions have been installed in the sidewalks to mark the path of travel through the Mile. Soon significant Landmark houses will be identified with a custom plaque program to identify the name of the house and year built.
Follow the directional medallions and take a stroll through the Mile. You will tour the Old Wilson Historic District which dates from the 1850s through the 1920s when Wilson’s agriculturally-based economy was booming. The district was home to many business leaders, merchants, clerks, and salesmen. Notable home styles include antebellum, bungalows, Victorian, and Colonial Revival.
Where is the Mile: The Old Wilson Mile begins at the entrance of Barton College on Vance and Rountree, heads east to Hill Street and make a right, then another right on Green, up Gray Street to Whitehead, back to Vance and return to Barton College.
Community Support in the Old Wilson Mile: Each fall Barton College hosts a community Day of Service. Preservation of Wilson worked with these students as they took inventory of the condition of the properties in the Mile, as well as enjoy the Pubic Art compliments of Western Sizzlin Restaurant.
BB&T has partnered with Preservation of Wilson in two “Lighthouse Projects.” BB&T’s CEO Kelly King challenged bank employees to participate in community service projects to fulfill part of the bank’s mission. Over 20 BB&T employees along with a budget of $4,000 for equipment and supplies, assisted Preservation of Wilson in preparing the houses in the Old Wilson Mile for marketing. Thank you BB&T volunteers!