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 the Historic Marker Program 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


Identify, Educate, and Preserve

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Alamance County Historic Properties Commission (HPC) is to identify, assess, and designate historic landmarks that embody the rich heritage, culture, and history of the county.

Vision Statement:

The HPC seeks to safeguard the heritage of the county by preserving districts and landmarks that embody important elements of its culture, history, architectural history, or prehistory, for the education, pleasure, and enrichment of residents of the county and state.

Goals Statement:

The HPC will safeguard important elements of the county’s cultural, social, political, and architectural history; educate the community about the history of Alamance County and historic preservation; form new partnerships with other agencies/companies to promote and raise awareness of historic preservation in the county; and promote the utilization of historic preservation as an economic tool, through business and tourism stimulation.

·       In 2016, the HPC will coordinate with Cone Health to host a walking or biking tour that highlights historic built resources in the county while promoting healthy living.

·       In 2016, the HPC will form a committee to plan a countywide architectural survey update and will explore funding options, including applying for a Historic Preservation Fund grant through the NC Historic Preservation Office

·       In 2016, the HPC will reach out to all of the county’s incorporated municipalities to form inter-local agreements for historic preservation functions in an effort to encourage further preservation efforts across the county.

·       In 2016, the HPC will host or co-host a Rehabilitation Tax Credit workshop to educate residents about the program and encourage their use by owners of eligible properties.


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

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 at the link below. Prior meeting records are available in the Planning Department office, or can be provided upon request.

Commission Agendas and Minutes

Historic Properties Commission Vacancies

The Historic Properties Commission is currently accepting applications. Members of this commission should demonstrate a special interest, experience or education in history, architecture, archaeology, or related fields. Applications may be obtained from the Planning Department or downloaded using the link below.

Apply to Serve on the Historic Properties Commission


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

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