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** Preservation of Wilson
Saving Wilson’s future by preserving its past
September 2019
The National Trust for Historic Preservation brings us This Place Matters! This Place Matters is an awareness campaign to learn more about the Wilson Story with its rich heritage and unique architecture. As our camera travels through the historic districts, we will introduce you to some of the homeowners living in these special places.
General Joshua Barnes House
“Father of Wilson County”

Meet Alan and Jennifer Johnson, owners of the General Joshua Barnes House on London Church Road. The house was built in 1844 for Barnes who is known as the “Father of Wilson County.” The Johnson family moved to Wilson in 2002 from Manassas, Virginia. The Joshua Barnes House has been home to their family of six since 2012.

A message from the Owners

“Living in an historic home means continuity and connection with those who lived here before us and those who will live here after us.

Have you ever returned to a favorite childhood place and noticed how it has changed? New buildings. Homes replaced. Favorite trees or forests gone. Even if you have never left your childhood home, watching the transformation over time can be poignant. Here today and gone tomorrow makes us yearn for the thread that ties things together.

Often, while living in our 180-year-old house, after reading a novel or some piece of history, we have marveled – ‘this building was standing when that happened, when that was written, when that person was alive.’ Historic preservation brings us closer to each other – now, before, and tomorrow. We feel blessed to be in a place that reminds us that we all are part of an ongoing story.”

Nadal House Awarded
Grant For New Plumbing
The Nadal House
1007 Nash Street NW
West Nash Historic District

Call Allyson Moye @ 252-230-2641

Thanks to Buster Dawson, a Grant from the Covington Foundation & Allen Roberson, the Nadal House will get a new mainline and updated plumbing! This will make the house one step closer to bringing it up to code!

** Celebrate Our Volunteers With Us!

It is with great pride that we at Preservation of Wilson are able to recognize and share with you a little about the folks who give their time and talents to Preservation of Wilson. Each month we highlight a different individual as a way to introduce you to the hardworking Preservation of Wilson team!

Volunteer of the Month

Joe Dlugos

Joe is a Ph.D. Candidate at North Carolina State University in Counselor Education, has a Master’s Degree in Counseling & Student Affairs from Minnesota State University, and two Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Theatre from Southern Connecticut State University. Joe is also a Licensed Professional Counselor for the state of North Carolina and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

How long have you been in Wilson?
I am somewhat new to Wilson having only been here for 5 years. I moved in June of 2014 to accept a job offer with Barton College. My wife, Lacey, joined me in August of 2014 after finishing up her college requirements in Minnesota.

How long have you been with Preservation of Wilson?
In 2016, a previous member of the Finance Committee, Angela Cobos, relocated to Texas, and she recommended me to fill her seat with the Finance Committee.

What capacity have you worked in Preservation of Wilson?
2016 – 2017 – Member of the Finance Committee
Since 2017 – Member of the Board of Trustees
Since 2018 – Secretary and Marketing Chair
Multi-year volunteer with the Garden Party

Quote about the importance of Preservation of Wilson
“The Preservation of Wilson organization is so vital to this community because it gives a diverse and talented group of people who share the same values as a way to organize. If you want to go fast, you go alone; but if you want to go far, you go together. The dedicated members of Preservation of Wilson personify that in the best way.”

Fun Fact
I’m a published poet and still write from time to time.

I always say that I am a Student Affairs professional, an amateur genealogist, and a novice farmer.
Click here to meet our 2019 Team (
Help Us Pull The Puzzle Together
Preservation of Wilson needs your support to continue as a resource to property owners in the historic residential districts. We work mostly with the owners of vacant historic properties and help them to put these houses back into productive use. There is value in having a local non-profit working in the field to help pull the puzzle together. This results in a greater likelihood of being successful in bringing a seller, a preservation-minded buyer, and a clear title together.
Please Make Your 2019 Donation On-Line Today! (
October 22
6:30 p.m.
Preservation of Wilson
Board of Trustees Quarterly Meeting
Wilson Visitiors Center
Whirligig Festival
November 2 & 3
Preservation of Wilson will have a booth this year! Plan to stop by and say hello!

Preservation North Carolina’s Fall Symposium
November 7 & 8
Preservation NC invites you to join them as they celebrate the renovation of their new headquarters at the Hall and Graves-Fields Houses! Dynamic speakers, training sessions, tours, parties and more!
Check Out Our Events & Meetings Calendar (
About Us
Preservation of Wilson provides leadership in the revitalization efforts of Wilson County’s unique architectural heritage. As stewards of Wilson’s historic buildings, we actively promote historic, architecturally, and culturally significant properties. Our efforts are to ensure that revitalized properties will contribute in the aesthetics of the community, increase the value of surrounding properties, and create a safe and welcoming environment.
2019 Trustees
Stephanie Batten, President
Chip Futrell, Vice President
Joe Dlugos, Secretary
Brent Flowers, Treasurer
Buck Yelverton, Past President
Dave Sheppard, Properties Chair, Member-at-Large
Dr. Rena Corbett
Betsy Peters Rascoe
Omar Salazar
Jean Smolen
Tripp Vaughan

Kathryn Ferrari Bethune, Executive Director
Anne Sauerborn Joyner, Social Media Manager

To learn more and get involved, please visit our website or give us a call.


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