Wake County will receive a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $16,000 to hire a consultant to complete an architectural survey of historic properties in the towns of Knightdale, Wendell, Apex, Rolesville, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs. The county will provide matching funds of $9,000 to assist with the project.
Each year, federal Historic Preservation Fund grants are awarded by the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office through the National Park Service’s Certified Local Government program. This partnership between local, state, and national governments focuses on promoting historic preservation at the grassroots level.
According to U.S. census data, Wake County’s population increased 43.5 percent between 2000 and 2010. With this high growth rate, historic properties are often lost to development pressures. The six towns were selected by the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office as limited documentation exists on their historic resources and all of the communities face increased development. Identifying and documenting historic resources will give the towns the information necessary for considering their heritage as they plan for growth.