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The written nomination for the approval of Enfield’s Historic Preservation District was submitted recently to the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office in Greenville. 

Once it is accepted by the Greenville office, it will then go to the Historic Preservation office in Raleigh and finally to the National Parks Service at the Department of Interior.

“For the town of Enfield, it is not just about an acknowledgment of the town’s rich history. Like many small rural communities, historic preservation is an economic development tool. Historic preservation has become a major source of local growth, jobs and tax revenue,” the Enfield Economic and Revitalization Commission said.”

PlaceEconomics, a private sector firm with 30 years experience in the analysis of the economic impact of historic preservation, recently stated in Twenty-Four Reasons Historic Preservation Is Good for Your Community, that “Historic neighborhoods are the living embodiment of smart growth principles. In fact, if a community did nothing but protect its historic neighborhoods, it will have advanced a comprehensive sustainable development agenda.”

The historic nomination process is being conducted by the EEDRC.

Members of the Commission are citizens of the town and the surrounding communities. 

The team includes Gerry Middleton, Brenda Greene, Clementine Silver, Paul Barna, Tracey Brinkley, Lily Lowe, Gloria Williams and Molly Yates.

EEDRC, a nonprofit community organization, will partner with the town to provide informational sessions for individuals with property located within the historic district. 

Sessions will provide information on how to take advantage of the tax credits and tips for preserving property located in the historic district. Upcoming dates and locations will be announced in the near future.

Denim & Diamonds Gala

EEDRC will also be holding its second annual Denim & Diamonds Gala at the Kirkwood Adams Community Center in Roanoke Rapids on Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. 

Entertainment and heavy hors d’oeuvres are planned.

Rob Scala will open the festivities playing blues guitar and DJStarchild will provide the music for dancing. 

Delresa Silver will cater the event. 

Tickets are $32 per person and proceeds will support the historic designation process. To buy tickets online, visit this link or call Middleton at 252-955-4855.