News Archive

March 13, 2017

Grants Available for Curb Appeal in the Historic Districts

Looking to add curb appeal to your historic home?  Imagine how inviting your front porch could be with just a bit of maintenance, fresh paint and a new front door.  Or imagine dressing up your yard with a white picket fence and a new American flag?  Or imagine new and improved landscaping and hardscaping to create a yard that not only grows well, but shows well too. Look no further than Preservation of Wilson and their Visual Improvement Matching Grant Program.

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February 16, 2017

2017 Call for Artists

Preservation of Wilson is calling all artists to be part of the Annual Preservation of Wilson Garden Party & Fine Art Show to be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event will be located in the garden of the Herbert D. Bateman House, 200 Gray Street, home of Gaynell Stallings.

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May 10, 2016

2016 Preservation Spirit Award announced at 9th Annual Garden Party and Fine Art Show

Garland Homes, Jr. was presented the coveted 2016 Preservation Spirit Award during the Preservation of Wilson Annual Garden Party and Fine Art Show held on May 1st in the garden of the George Adams House, home to Margaret Clark McRae, 211 Raleigh Road located in the Broad-Kenan Historic District.

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April 2016

Preservation North Carolina awards Eyes on Main Street with Gertrude S. Carraway Award

Jerome and Rosa De Perlinghi have been awarded a Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit from Preservation North Carolina for their work with Eyes on Main Street. Preservation North Carolina, founded in 1939, promotes and protects the buildings and landscapes of our state’s diverse heritage. Through one condemned house, one sale and one more artist moving to Wilson, together the De Perlinghis, Preservation of Wilson, and the City of Wilson are celebrating Historic Downtown Wilson as a place where art and preservation intersect.

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March 22, 2016

Canon U.S.A. and Columbia College Chicago partner with Eyes on Main Street

Eyes on Main Street and Columbia College Chicago announce Canon U.S.A., Inc, as the newest sponsor for the Outdoor Photo Festival in Wilson, NC April 9- July 10, 2016.

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February 29, 2016

Eyes on Main Street opens April 9, 2016

We are pleased to announce the second edition of Eyes on Main Street, Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival. On April 9, 2016, Nash Street, the main street of Wilson, NC, will be transformed into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs. For 100 days, 100 photographs will be displayed on storefront windows, spanning six city blocks and taking visitors across the railroad tracks with the exhibition linking east and west Wilson into one shared community.

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February 19, 2016

Call for Artists

Preservation of Wilson is calling all artists to be part of the Annual Preservation of Wilson Garden Party & Fine Art Show to be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The event will be located at the George Adams House, 211 Raleigh Road, home of Margaret Clark McRae from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The Fine Art Show is open to all artists working in any medium. Artwork must be matted, framed or with gallery wrap. Work must have never been shown before at a Preservation of Wilson Fine Art Show and must be available for sale.

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May 26, 2015

2015 Preservation Spirit Award Announced

The Cooke-Hawthorne family was presented the 2015 Preservation Spirit Award during the Preservation of Wilson Annual Garden Party held on May 3rd. President Dr. Frank L. Eagles made the presentation stating, “In recognition and appreciation for the valuable contribution that has been made to Wilson County through the generous and selfless service of The Cooke-Hawthorne Family for their gracious leadership and continuous work to promote historic preservation.

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April 1, 2015

Eyes On Main Street Opens May 9, 2015

On May 9, 2015 Nash Street, the main street of Wilson, North Carolina will be transformed into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs. One hundred prominent and emerging photographers from 24 countries have joined forces to help revitalize Historic Downtown Wilson. The exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi

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March 30, 2015

2015 Garden Party & Fine Art Show to be held on May 3rd

The 8th Annual Garden Party & Fine Art Show will be held on May 3, 2015 in the Woodard-Cooke House located in the West Nash Historic District.

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May 15, 2014

2014 Preservation Spirit Award Announcement

Real estate experts, Ed Etheridge and Woody Harrison were presented the 2014 Preservation Spirit Award during the Annual Garden Party held on May 4th.

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March 31, 2014

Garden Party & Fine Art Show to be held on May 4th

Preservation of Wilson will hold the 7th Annual Garden Party and Fine Art Show on Sunday, May 4th in the garden of Dr. Roger & Dixie Thurman, 3304 Jennings Farm Drive from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. This is an appreciation event for the folks that support the work of Preservation of Wilson.

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January 24, 2014

The Wilson Project hits the Streets

When Clay Martin took an internship as part of the Preservation Fellows Program at Preservation of Wilson, he never expected to be part of the scenery in the area his employer has been working to preserve.

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January 16, 2014

The Wilson Project on Exhibit at Wilson Arts Count

Photojournalist Jerome De Perlinghi came to Wilson by way of Preservation of Wilson  the local historic preservation group.  He and his family are Belgium natives and while living in Chicago they discovered Wilson through the Preservation of Wilson website.  He has traveled all over the country and world shooting photography of famous people and he has now turned his camera to the faces of Wilson.

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May 2, 2013

Preservation of Wilson’s Garden Party and Fine Art Show – This Sunday

Preservation of Wilson will host the 6th Annual Garden Party and Fine Art Show on Sunday, May 5th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 at the home of Tony Dingess and garden of Hackney – White – Dingess House at 306 ACC Drive.  This Colonial Revival historic home was built in 1935 for George Hackney, Jr., with the Hackney Brothers Wagon Company.

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April 1, 2013

Preservation of Wilson’s Fine Art Show Call for Artists

Preservation of Wilson invites all artists to enter the Fine Art Show with the opening reception held on May 5, 2013 at the 6th Annual Preservation of Wilson Garden Party.  This year’s event will be held at the home of “world famous” Tony Dingess and garden of the George Hackney, Jr. House at 306 ACC Drive.

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January 22, 2013

This Old House Magazine: The James T. Wiggins House

Once again, This Old House Magazine has for the third time featured a Wilson historic home as an endangered property in its December 2012 issue. This time it is the James T. Wiggins House, an Italianate cottage built in 1872, located at 208 North Douglas Street.

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November 5, 2012

Edge the Mile

“Adopt-a-House” will be held the second Saturday of each month (except December) from 9 a.m. until noon for work projects that will help to create an environment where revitalization can occur. Projects and locations may vary.

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November 1, 2012

2013 Calendar of Historic Porches

Preservation of Wilson announces the winners of the 2013 Preservation of Wilson Historic Porches Calendar. The calendar is now available for sale for $10 each at several downtown locations. Dierdra S. Carey of the Albert Sharpe House, 1000 Branch Street, circa 1925. Aaron Ellis of the Williams-Woodard-Banks House, 501 Broad Street, circa 1898.

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October 10, 2012

Adopt-a-House Kicks Off

The corner of Maplewood and Vance Street is undergoing a rebirth and you can be a part of it. On Wednesday, October 17th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Preservation of Wilson and the Old Wilson Neighbors Association will partner with Barton College during their Day of Service to kick-off the Adopt-A-House program. Selected houses for the kick-off are the Charles W. Gold House, circa 1898 and the Gold Harrell House, circa 1884. The location is 300 and 304 Vance Street …

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July 19, 2012

Charles W. Gold House SOLD

The corner of Maplewood and Vance Street is undergoing a rebirth. The Charles W. Gold House, circa 1898 has been sold. The buyers plan to renovate the house as their home. It is adjacent to The Gold Harrell House, circa 1884, which is currently undergoing an extensive rehabilitation by owner and licensed contractor …

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April 30, 2012

Spring Garden Party & Fine Art Show to be held Sunday, May 6th

Preservation of Wilson will host the 5th Annual Garden Party and Fine Art Show on Sunday, May 6th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 at the home of Becky and Bill Andrews, 2305 Canal Drive. The only ticket one needs to attend is to be a member of Preservation of Wilson. You can join on-line or sign up the day of the event.  Walk-ins are welcome and the Andrews have an outdoor play house if any children are in attendance….

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March 14, 2012

Call for Photographers for 2013 Historic Porch Calendar

Preservation of Wilson invites all photographers, amateur or professional, to enter a photo contest aimed at selecting the top 12 photos to be included in the 2013 Preservation of Wilson Historic Porches Calendar. There is no entry fee and the deadline to enter is June 30, 2012…

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March 13, 2012

Preservation of Wilson appoints New Trustees and Officers

Preservation of Wilson announced the appointment of five new Trustees and officers at their 2012 Annual Meeting held recently. New Trustees include Bill Andrews, Ann Brice, Sue Dail, Don Franks, Hal Tarleton and Verona True. All five Trustees were active at the committee level before being appointed. They join a 19 member board that oversees Preservation of Wilson’s real estate activities, membership, marketing, finances, policies and strategic…

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January 30, 2012

Landmark Gold-Harrell House Sold

Wilson Landmark, the Gold-Harrell House, located at 304 Vance Street has been sold. The buyer, Ed Lackie, originally from the Boston area, has moved from Fountain Valley, California and plans to rehabilitate the house. Lackie is a contractor which will serve him well as he begins work on the 1884 house located in the…

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October 24, 2011

Preservation of Wilson announces winners of the 2012 Porch Calendar

Preservation of Wilson announces the winners of the 2012 Preservation of Wilson Historic Porches Calendar. All winning photos are being held for viewing until the calendar is available for sale at the Preservation of Wilson booth at the Whirligig Festival. Calendars will be sold for $10…

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October 19, 2011

Preservation of Wilson sell Landmark

The Connor Lucas House, circa 1893, has new owners, Nancy and Otto Baron and their daughter Ariel. The family comes to us from California and has had a long time love affair with Victorian houses, antiques, hearses and classic horror films. This includes…

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July 25, 2011

Photo Contest for 2012 Historic Porch Calendar

Preservation of Wilson invites all photographers, amateur or professional, to enter a photo contest aimed at selecting the top 12 photos to be included in the 2012 Preservation of Wilson Historic Porches Calendar. There is no entry fee and the deadline to enter is July 31, 2011. Applications…

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July 13, 2011

Walk through history – in a Mile – The Old Wilson Mile

Take a stroll through the Old Wilson Mile – an area near Barton College that tells the Wilson Story with its rich heritage and unique architecture.  The Mile is part of the Old Wilson Historic District dating from the 1850’s …

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June 2, 2011

Gold-Harrell House featured in This Old House Magazine

The June 2011 issue of This Old House Magazine features the Gold-Harrell House as an endangered property. This conservative Queen Anne Wilson Landmark located at 304 Vance Street in the Old Wilson Historic District was built in the mid-1880s …

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June 1, 2011

Call to Photographers for 2012 Historic Porch Calendar

Preservation of Wilson invites all photographers to enter a photo contest aimed at selecting the top 12 photos to be included in the 2012 Preservation of Wilson Historic Porches Calendar…

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May 25, 2011

2011 Spirit Award

Preservation of Wilson held its annual benefactors appreciation Garden Party on Sunday, May 1st at the home of Marshall and Sharron Dildy on Watson Drive. For the third year in a row, the organization announced the recipient of the Preservation Spirit Award at this event. With over 250 people in attendance, the 2011 Spirit Award was given to Bobby Boykin by Preservation of Wilson President, Garland Homes, Jr. Boykin is…

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April 6, 2011

Preservation of Wilson 4th Annual Garden Party

Preservation of Wilson will host the 2011 Spring Garden Party on May 1st at the home of Sharron and Marshall Dildy at 1217 Watson Drive. They have done a sympathetic renovation of the beautiful Woodard-Lamm Georgian home. This event is…

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April 6, 2011

Call to Artists

Preservation of Wilson invites all artists to enter a Fine Art Show using inspiration drawn from historic places, architecture, interiors, events, cityscape, and landscape similar to that of Eastern NC. There is no entry fee. Opening reception…

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March 30, 2011

1913 Endangered Property Sold

Originally from Brussels, Belgium and currently residing in Chicago, the De Perlinghi family has purchased a 1913 colonial house and plans to fully restore it just in time for Christmas in Wilson with their three children. They closed March 30th on the Mack Bass House located at 210 Moss Street across from the Paul Berry Hickory Grove Park. Jerome De Perlinghi is a professional photographer with a collection of his work at the Library of Congress. His photographs are published around the…

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February 4, 2011

1910 Landmark Sold by Preservation of Wilson

Adam and Mandi Purvis and their 9 month old baby Kylie will soon be settling into the 1910 Landmark Dr. Oscar Hooks House, 115 Whitehead Avenue, in the Old Wilson Historic District. The house has been sold through Preservation of Wilson. The Purvis’s and Mandi’s parents, Linda and Barry Suydam, will be …

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January 11, 2011

1898 Queen Anne Style House Sold

Anne Pression from Anchorage, Alaska has purchased the 1898 Queen Anne-style Williams-Woodard-Banks House, 501 Broad Street in the Broad-Kenan Historic District. It has been sold through Preservation of Wilson. The house designed by nationally known architect George Barber…

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July 20, 2010

1913 Endangered Property Sold – featured in This Old House Magazine

After sitting vacant for at least 20 years and falling into dilapidated condition, the Oettinger House located at 219 Broad Street, has been sold. The house was marketed by Preservation of Wilson and was featured in the March 2010 issue of This Old House magazine highlighted as an endangered property and one as an “architectural knockout”…

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March, 2010

Save this Old House
This Old House March issue, page 110

The Oettinger House, or better know to locals as The Jolelda Terrace, was featured in the March issue of This Old House. There is a one page article highlighting this house as an endangered property. This property has been vacant for over 20 years and is desperate for a new…

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March 12, 2010

Preservation of Wilson Fine Art Show

Call to Artists: Preservation of Wilson invites all artists to enter a Fine Art Show using inspiration drawn from the historic architecture and landscape similar – but not directly linked – to the Old Wilson Mile…

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February 23, 2010

Preservation of Wilson 2009 Update

Preservation of Wilson is showing its strenght in historic neighborhood revitalization with a record setting year. As 2009 closed out…

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October 22, 2009

Barton College Community Service Day aids Preservtion of Wilson

Fifty students and faculty from Barton College gave aid to Preservtion of Wilson during Barton College Community Date of Service on October 21st…

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September 1, 2009

BB&T Lighthouse Project and Preservation of Wilson

Wednesday, September 2nd beginning at 12:30 p.m. will be the kick-off for the BB&T Lighthouse Project focusing on Preservation of Wilson and the Old Wilson Mile…

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July 23, 2009

$15,000 Grant Awarded to Preservation of Wilson

The Marion Stedman Covington Foundation has awarded Preservation of Wilson a $15,000 grant to use in the Old Wilson Mile – a pilot area to gain better understanding of how to promote an economically strong residential historic district…

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May 15, 2009

Building a Team

As Preservation of Wilson becomes stronger, it will only happen by building an outstanding team. This is why we have decided to partner with Theater of the American South as we collaborate on a two-part antiques event to be held Saturday afternoon, May 30, 2009…

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May 15, 2009

160 Years and Just Beginning

Tonight the Historic Preservation Commission is holding a public meeting to present a proposed update of the Design Guidelines for the local historic districts…

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May 4, 2009

Preservation Spirit Award

Preservation of Wilson held its annual membership appreciation Garden Party on Sunday, May 3rd at the home of Sandra and Garland Homes…

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May 1, 2009

This Place Matters

May is designated as National Preservation Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with this year’s theme – This Place Matters…

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April 14, 2009

Another Historic House Sold

The Old Wilson Historic District just landed another buyer which plans to restore the J. Will Gardner House at 201 Bragg Street and return it to a single family dwelling…

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April 6, 2009

Preservation of Wilson Benefits from Available Landmark

When Preservation of Wilson agreed to market the landmark house that has served as the home of Barnes & Flippin Interiors, the local preservation nonprofit got a bonus: thousands of yards of designer upholstery fabric, wallpaper and other decorative items…

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March 31, 2009

Preservation of Wilson Real Estate Activities

Preservation of Wilson has new signage up to promote real estate activities in the Old Wilson Mile…

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March 31, 2009

Preservation of Wilson Sells Its First House

After sitting vacant and threatened with continued deterioration from the weather and neglect, Wilson’s 1902 Darden Douglas House has been sold under the efforts of Preservation of Wilson…

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October 22, 2008

NC Community Foundation Grant Works With Preservation of Wilson to Kick-off Revitalization Efforts in the Old Wilson Historic Neighborhood

Preservation of Wilson (POW) has received a grant from the NC Community Foundation for $590 to assist in their mission of taking a lead role in the revitalization of the historic residential districts in Wilson County…

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August 27, 2008

Preservation of Wilson Appoints New Board Trustees and Officers

At the Preservation of Wilson board meeting held on Thursday, August 21, 2008 new board trustees and officers were appointed for the 2008-09 year…

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