Historic Properties Commission LogoAbout the Historic Properties Commission:

Established in 1977, the Alamance County Historic Properties Commission is an 9-member advisory board that attends to the active preservation and designation of Alamance County’s historic resources.

The Historic Properties Commission (HPC) is responsible for providing recommendations to the Board of Commissioners regarding any historic properties and historic items of concern within the county and many local municipalities.

The Commission meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room at 124 W. Elm Street, Graham. Meeting cancellations will be posted on the door of the county building at 124 W. Elm Street as well as noted on the “News & Updates” portion of this website.

Pleasant Grove


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 awareness of historic preservation in the county; and promote the use of historic preservation as an economic tool, through business and tourism stimulation.

Historic Properties Commission Ordinance

The Commission works with several local municipalities, including Mebane, Haw River, Green Level, and Gibsonville to aid in the identification and designation of local historic landmarks and districts. The Commission is also responsible for the review of applications for Certificates of Appropriateness related to any exterior changes to locally-designated landmarks or properties within local historic districts. Click on the links below for the Certificate of Appropriateness application and Guidelines.

Certificate of Appropriateness Application Guidelines
Certificate of Appropriateness Application

The HPC uses the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation to decide on the appropriateness of proposed exterior changes to locally-designated properties when considering applications for Certificates of Appropriateness. The standards can be found here.

The Commission also administers an Alamance County Historical Marker program. The Historic Properties Commission has an extensive inventory of buildings, structures, sites, and areas of historical, prehistoric, 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.

View information about the surveyed properties in the Archaeological Survey Report 2019.

The location of historic sites can be viewed on the county GIS map.
1. Click to accept the disclaimer.
2. Once the map opens, click the layers menu on the right-hand side and expand the Admin Menu.
3. Check the box next to “Historic Sites.”
4. Next click the identify tool and click on any historic site for additional information (site names, file numbers, and status).
*The inventory files are available for viewing in the Planning Department with an appointment.


Rodney Cheek, Chair Newlin
Laurie Smith Patterson
Lawrence Abbott, Jr.  Boone Station
Ravi Balan, Vice Chair Melville
Emily White Albright
Chris Wells Morton
Gale Pettiford Pleasant Grove
Aric Geda Pleasant Grove
Katherine Hadley Newlin
John Greeson Thompson
James Reid Waters, III Thompson
Lisa Bullard Boone Station
Chris Copsey Newlin