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The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission will observe Historic Preservation Month in May with its "This Place Matters" campaign and by unveiling a local historic marker for Happy Hill; sponsoring a visit to the Samuel B. Stauber Farm in Bethania; and sponsoring a series of lectures on historic landscapes.

This Place Matters is a photo-sharing campaign inviting people to take photos of themselves, holding the official This Place Matters sign, in front of whatever places matter to them. It can be the family home, a church, a local hangout or a local landmark. The photos will be posted on the city’s Facebook page.

Information about This Place Matters and instructions on how to participate, along with a printable copy of the sign, are available online at

On Sunday, May 17, the commission will unveil a local historic marker at 3 p.m. at the corner of Waughtown and Alder streets in honor of Happy Hill. The area has played a prominent role in the life of Winston-Salem’s African-American community since the early years of the 19th century and was the site of the first school in Winston-Salem for African-Americans.

On Monday, May 18, the commission will sponsor a visit to the Samuel B. Stauber Farm, 4 to 6 p.m. at 6085 Bethania-Tobaccoville Road. The farm is listed on the national Register of Historic Places and one of the best surviving examples of a rural Forsyth County mid-19th century farmstead.

Also during Historic Preservation Month, the commission is sponsoring a series of "lunch and learn" lectures every Wednesday at noon on these topics:

  • May 6: Restoring Mount Vernon
  • May 13: The Rural Landscape of Salem
  • May 20: Forsyth County’s Cultural Landscapes
  • May 27: The African-American Experience at St. Philips.

All lectures will be at St. Philips Church, 911 S. Church Street in Old Salem. All lectures are free and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

Another lecture series will be held Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at the Children’s Home, 1001 Reynolda Road:

  • May 7: Historic Buildings and Current Building Codes
  • May 14: Historic Structures Meeting Today’s Challenges
  • May 21: Winston-Salem: Then and Now
  • May 28: Building a New Public Garden in Kernersville.

Other events during Historic Preservation Month include the annual meeting of the Bethania Historical Association at 7 p.m. May 17 at Old Bethania School, and a meeting of the Walkertown Area Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. May 19 at the Walkertown Public Library.


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