Historic Preservation Plan Update

The Town of Wake Forest has a long and significant history within Wake County, North Carolina. The existing built environment is representative of that history. There is one local historic district, three National Register Historic Districts, eleven Local Historic Landmarks, twelve individually listed National Register properties, five individual North Carolina study-list properties, one North Carolina study list historic district boundary expansion and one North Carolina study listed historic district.  

The Town of Wake Forest has been awarded a Historic Preservation Fund grant to complete the Historic Preservation Plan Update from the National Park Service and administered through the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. All products must be submitted to and approved by the HPO. 


Project Overview

The purpose of this project is to provide the Town of Wake Forest with a community-wide Historic Preservation Plan. The Town of Wake Forest has had a Historic Preservation Ordinance and Historic Preservation Commission since 1979 and supports historic preservation through its adopted comprehensive and downtown master plans, as well as a Historic Preservation Plan completed in 2012. This Historic Preservation Plan update will guide future program development and decision making. Community engagement will be key to the success of this project. The result will establish a community vision for historic preservation and provide supporting goals, policy and implementation strategies. The project area includes the Town of Wake Forest, Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), as well as current and planned Annexations.


Weren't Able to Attend the Community Visioning Workshop?

If you weren't able to attend the Community Visioning Workshop you can still provide your input. The presentation is available here . The questions that were posed at the workshop are will be available online until May 17, 2022. Please complete the form. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Share Your Input


Community Visioning Workshop
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 ~ 6 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. 

You're invited to our Historic Plan Visioning Workshop from 6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Center, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC

Please plan to join us! You input is essential to the success of the plan. The workshop will begin at 6:00 pm and will be led by the project consultants, Cox/McLain now Stantec and McDoux Preservation.

The Historic Preservation Plan Update will guide the Town's Historic Preservation Program for the next ten years. We need to know what is important to you and what you want included in the plan.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00 pm. 


We Want to Hear from You!

Share your thoughts about historic preservation in Wake Forest! The survey is open until Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Take the survey now . 

2022 Community Survey


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 Project Timeline

Historic Preservation Plan Timeline


Historic Preservation Plan Update
Senior Planner - Historic Preservation