"THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN THE PRIZE. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY. COME UP FOR AIR IN ENFIELD. MAKE PLANS TO VISIT AND FIND YOURSELF IMMERSED IN OUR UNMISTAKABLE COUNTRY VIBE. ENFIELD IS A PLACE WHERE THERE ARE STILL OPPORTUNITIES TO CREATE YOUR OWN JOURNEY."
Enfield Economic Development & Revitalization Commission (EEDRC) is happy to report that the National Register Advisory Committee, along with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, met (virtually) on Thursday, June 10, and approved Enfield’s historic district designation nomination. Scott Power, a Regional Supervisor/Preservation Specialist with the Eastern office in Greenville, presented EEDRC’s nomination to the National Register Advisory Committee. The historic district includes 227 properties located on 23 streets. Now the report will be sent to the National Park Service (NPS). EEDRC expects to hear the outcome of this federal organization’s review in September 2021.
EEDRC conducted fundraisers to pay for part of the district’s application and nomination, written by NC-Preservation-approved writer, Heather Slane. The organization was more than halfway through its fund-raising when COVID-19 hit. In December 2021, EEDRC was fortunate to be awarded $8,500.00 by the Golden LEAF Foundation to support implementation of this component of the town’s economic development plan. The 2021 Golden LEAF award follows funding awarded in 2010 through a past Golden LEAF special initiative to develop the plan.
EEDRC will be reaching out to property owners in the historic district during the months of July and August to get the correct contact information for each property. This is a crucial step to ensure that the organization can provide updates about all of the benefits of owning property in the historic district.
If interested, view Scott Power’s presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr9y6-gF1-k. You can listen to all five hours of the committee meeting (and learn about the historic designation process) or you can fast-forward to hour 4:25 and just listen to Scott Power’s presentation on Enfield.
If you have a property in Enfield’s proposed historic district, please contact EEDRC by emailing the organization at EEDRCpromise@gmail.com.
Our Sunflower initiative turned into a pilot program this year because of the Coronavirus, but we were able to provide several farmers with thousands of Sunflower seeds. This year we are focusing on our partnership with NC Wildlife. We are doing a Trash 4 Trees program and we joined Captain Hasty on April 17 to pick up trash along Route 301 (55 bags). We plan to join Captain Hasty again for another trash pick-up this summer.
To honor first responders and families who lost loved ones during the pandemic, EEDRC sponsored an Enfield Candles at Twilight Christmas Tour on December 19, 2021. It was a huge success and after a dreary pandemic year, it lifted everyone's spirits. If you would like to participate next December, contact Gerry Middleton to order luminaries. Or you can email EEDRCpromise@gmail.com for additional information.