Historic Marker Program

Applications for Historic Markers due September 1, 2024 see below for application instructions

Historic Markers Approved for 2023leader of wake lodge # 285 marker

Friendship Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

W.E.B. DuBois Campus

Historic Markers Approved for 2022

Olive Branch Baptist Church

Northeast Community

Historic Markers Approved for 2021

Leaders of Wake Lodge No. 285, 410 N. Allen Street - Unveiling Held Friday, March 15, 2024 at 1:00 pm

Wake Forest Normal & Industrial School, Spring Street - Unveiling Held Monday, April 1, 2024 at 3:00 pm

Ailey Mae Young 1903-1992, Spring Street - Unveiling Held Monday, April 1, 2024 at 3:00 pm

The First Fire Station, Corner of S. White and Jones Street..

Unfortunately, supply chain and staffing issues have delayed the fabrication of the markers. The Town will coordinate with the applicants to install the markers and hold unveiling ceremonies for each marker upon receipt. 

About the Historic Marker Program

The Historic Marker Program Policy was adopted by the Town of Wake Forest Board of Commissioners on August 17, 2021.

The program will be administered by the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Planning Department. During the public outreach portion of the NE Community Plan, members of the community expressed a desire to raise awareness about the rich history of the NE Community even if the building's are no longer standing. Implementation of a historic marker program is an appropriate way to identify historical sites and educate the public of their significance. Each site selected for a historical marker must hold special significance to the  rich heritage of the Town of Wake Forest. Applications may be submitted any time throughout the year. However, the deadline for the November approval meeting is September 1 of each year.

Annual Historic Marker Selection Process

All Historic Marker Applications will be submitted electronically through the electronic plan review to the Historic Preservation Planning Staff. Staff will review the applications and prepare them for the Historic Marker Selection Meeting. The Historic Preservation Commission will review all applications and hear presentations at their regular November meeting. Once the Historic Preservation Commission approves the markers in November, staff will finalize text and order the markers. All markers will be installed and unveiled in celebration of National Historic Preservation Month in May. 

Application Process

The deadline to submit an application for a historic marker is September 1st. Applications are electronic and can be accessed by the Town's Electronic Plan Review Process. There is no cost to submit an application. Once in the Electronic Plan Review Portal follow these steps (Note: you will have to set up a log in to use the system):

  1. Click on “Submit a Project for Review”

  2. Select Wake County

  3. Select “Planning/Developmental Services”

  4. From the drop-down menu, select Historic Marker Application - Workflow, select Historic Marker

  5. The subdivision/area is the site name/property address

  6. Complete the instructions and provide as much information as possible so staff can review the project. You are able to upload  scanned documents and photographs in pdf or jpg.

  7. Submit Application


Historic Marker Program
Senior Planner - Historic Preservation
Presentation to Board of Commissioners August 3, 2021
Approved Historic Marker Program Policy