November Preservation News

November 2019

The National Trust for Historic Preservation brings us This Place Matters! This is an awareness campaign to learn more about the Wilson Story with its rich heritage and unique architecture. As we travel through the historic districts, we will introduce you to some of the homeowners living in these special places.

Claude V. Garner House

Meet Barbara & Charles Robl, with their loving family, owners of the Claude V. Garner House on Broad Street. The house was built in 1928 for Garner who was a wholesale grocer. The Robl Family home is one of the finest Colonial Revival houses in the Broad-Kenan Historic District.

A Message From The Owners

“THIS PLACE MATTERS because it is our home. It literally gave us a strong foundation to raise our large family with room for Love and with an appreciation of things of value – past, present, and future. Several of our children have followed in our footsteps of also owning historical homes in Wilson. Initially we gave it the time and attention it needed to suit our needs. It has withstood the test of time and remains, for us, a place of memories and traditions we love to share.

We like living in the HISTORIC DISTRICT because we like City Sidewalks … Downtown … Whirligigs … Shops … Art … Music … Plays … Library … Barton Blue … Church Bells … Neighbors … Porch Tours … Garden Parties … just a few of our favorite things!”

Charles W. Gold House
circa 1898
300 Vance Street
Old Wilson Historic District

Welcome Tilly, Michael & Micah!

Meet Matilda “Tilly”, Michael Perry & Micah Erno – the new owners of the Charles W. Gold House. Built in 1898 for Charles W. Gold, son of prominent Primitive Baptist minister and publisher P. D. Gold. In 1867, Zion’s Landmark Publishing was established by Elder P. D. Gold which lead to Wilson County’s long standing local newspaper, the Wilson Times.

After saving the house from demolition last summer, Michael and Micah have secured the house, repaired the roof and closed up the back. They just spent time in Wilson to deconstruct and begin to rebuild the front & side porches. After Christmas they will be back for more!

When Tilly, Michael & Micah are not working on the Gold House, they are running an impressive wedding event venue in East Berkshire, Vermont. The Stable & Inn at Pigeon Hill Farm is a gorgeous 1870’s carriage barn surrounded by beautiful gardens making it one of Vermont’s most popular wedding sites.

Barton College Football Team & Coaches

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.

We are proud to celebrate and sincerely thank the Barton College Football Coaches & Team for their help in accomplishing a Nadal House Miracle!

How do you get the large, heavy and corroded cast iron boiler out of a basement? You call the Barton Bulldogs Football Program! With the help of Head Coach Chip Hester, his coaches and team, they tackled the job and scored a touch down for preservation!

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