In 2001, the City of Winston-Salem and in 2015 Forsyth County approved the establishment of historic marker programs. The programs are administered by the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission (HRC), which determines marker recipients each year. The markers commemorate a wide variety of properties, which range from National Register Historic Districts like West Salem to non-designated historic areas such Happy Hill and the African-American West End Area. Sites of local historical significance such as The Pond and Odd Fellows Cemetery have been recognized. Individual buildings such as schools, industrial buildings, private residences, and others have also been awarded markers. Each of the sites chosen to receive a marker holds special significance for the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
Each year the HRC, through its Historic Marker Committee, receives Historic Marker Applications from the public and depending on funding, two to three sites will be selected. Applications for historic markers are due each year by the last Friday of October each year.
The 2017 deadline is October 31 by 4:00 p.m. The Application Form is accessible online below or can be picked up at the City-County Planning Board, Second Floor, Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, 100 East First Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101.
Historic Marker Application [pdf/88.2kb/2p] - updated 9/21/2017
Historic Marker Program Policies [pdf/194kb/3p] - updated 9/6/2017
Sites receiving markers are chosen by February of each year and one marker is usually selected for an unveiling ceremony that occurs during Historic Preservation Month each May. The historic marker program has gained significant popularity, drawing attention to important local sites that may not have received recognition otherwise. Residents of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County can find pride in sites of well-known local history and discover previously long-forgotten stories from our community’s past. The Historic Marker Program seeks to highlight the full range of endlessly interesting local history that our city has to offer.
Table of Approved Historic Markers 2002 to Present [pdf/178kb/2p]
Interactive map of placed Historic Markers
If you have questions about the program, please see contacts information below.
Michelle McCullough, 336-747-7063
Heather Bratland, 336-747-7054