Historic Districts

Wilson, North Carolina has five historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Three of these districts are also Local Districts and protected through the work of Wilson’s Historic Preservation Commission. They are the Old Wilson, Broad-Kenan and West Nash Districts. For more information about the work of the Historic Preservation Commission please contact Lu-Monson, City of Wilson Preservationist, at 252-399-2217 or lmonson@wilsonnc.org.  For more information about the Historic Tax Credits, contact John Wood at  252-830-6580  or john.p.wood@ncdcr.gov.

Historic Districts Map

Old Wilson Historic District

The Old Wilson Historic District 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 salesman. Notable home styles include antebellum, bungalows, Victorian, and Colonial Revival.

Broad-Kenan Historic District

The Broad-Kenan Historic District symbolizes Wilson’s decades of expansion between 1890 and the Great Depression of the 1930s. The popular bungalow designs make up more than 60% of the residential neighborhood near downtown, with a sprinkling of Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival structures.

East Wilson Historic District

The East Wilson Historic District was developed between 1890 and 1040, and when listed, was identified as the largest working class African-American neighborhood in North Carolina. The area is predominantly residential and many one and two-story frame dwellings with standing-seam metal roofs. The homes of the most prominent residents were located on Green, Pender and Nash streets.

West Nash Historic District

The West Nash Historic District was developed from 1900 through the 1920s and contains homes of some of the most successful merchants, professionals, planters and tobacconists. Colonial Revival and bungalows are the most prevalent styles in the district.

Tobacco Warehouse District

The Tobacco Warehouse District is the heart of the City of Wilson and Center City. Most of the architectural fabric in the district dates from the early twentieth century when the tobacco (and to a lesser extent, cotton) markets ushered Wilson into a period of unprecedented prosperity leading to commercial and residential growth. With the introduction of tobacco cultivation in this area in the 1870s and its expansion during the 1880s, the need arose for a market in the area. The Wilson market opened on Spetember 10, 1890 and by 1919 became the largest Bright Leaf Tobacco market in the world. Today it is known as the “World’s Greatest Tobacco Market” moving more tobacco than any other tobacco market in North American.

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