Established in 1977, the Alamance County Historic Properties Commission is an 11-member advisory board that deals with the active preservation and designation of Alamance County’s historic sites.

The Commission works with several local municipalities such as Mebane, Haw River, Village of Alamance, and Ossipee to aid the identification and designation of local historic landmarks. The Commission is also responsible for the review of applications for Certificates of Appropriateness related to any exterior changes of local historic landmarks.  See more information about programs and past projects using the links on the menu to the right.

The Historic Properties Commission has an extensive inventory of buildings, structures, sites, and areas of historical, pre-historical, architectural, and archaeological significance in the county.  This inventory was initially completed in 1980 with a significant update in 2002, and includes over 700 sites. The inventory is used as a guide for the identification, assessment, and designation of historic landmarks.

View information about the surveyed properties in the Architectural Inventory.

The location of historic sites can be viewed on the county GIS map at this link: Alamance County GIS. Once the map opens, in the layers menu on the right-hand side, expand the “Admin” menu and check the box next to “Historic Sites” to view the site names and file numbers.  The inventory files are available for viewing in the Planning Department.

Historic Properties Commission Ordinance

Historic Properties Commission By-laws


Lea Abbott, Boone Station
Ravi Balan, Melville
John Braxton, Newlin
Rodney Cheek, Newlin (Chair)
Bryan Dalton, Patterson
Martha Friddle, Albright
Gale Pettiford, Pleasant Grove
Laurie Smith, Patterson (Vice-Chair)

Meeting Schedule

The Historic Properties Commission meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM. All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held in the Conference Room in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room at 124 W. Elm Street in Graham. If there are any changes to this meeting schedule, notice shall be provided in accordance to N.C.G.S. 143-318.12(b) (2).  Applications to the HPC are due two weeks in advance of the meeting.

HPC meeting agendas and minutes for the current and prior calendar years are available online using the links in the table below. Prior meeting records are available in the Planning Department office, or can be provided upon request.

Commission Agendas and Minutes


Contact Planning staff with any questions about the Historic Properties Commission or to submit application materials. Phone: 336-570-4053, E-mail: