Historic Resources Commission (Forsyth County)


  • 1st Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m.
  • The Commission typically does not meet in July.
  • Council Chamber
    City Hall, Second Floor
    101 North Main Street
    Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • 2021 Historic Resources Commission Calendar (PDF)
    Shows meeting dates and application submittal deadlines

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available approximately one week prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval at the next month’s meeting.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


View the Historic Resources Commission Membership Roster (PDF).

Method of Appointment

Five members are appointed by the Winston-Salem City Council upon the recommendation of the Mayor, with one at-large member and one from each of the following categories:

  • Architectural historian or historic preservationist
  • Historic (H) District property owner
  • Historic Overlay (HO) District property owner
  • Archeologist, landscape architect/designer, planner, surveyor or arborist

Five members are appointed by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, with three at-large members and one from each of the following categories:

  • Local Historic Landmark (LHL) property owner
  • North Carolina licensed architect

One member is appointed by the Kernersville Board of Aldermen and one member is appointed by the Clemmons Village Council.

All members must reside in Forsyth County.

Number of Members


Terms of Office

Four years (after staggered terms of initial appointment), with one consecutive four-year reappointment

Historic Resources Officers

Michelle M. McCullough    
Project Planner
Phone: 336-747-7063 michellem@cityofws.org

Heather M. Bratland
Project Planner
Phone: 336-747-7054 heatherb@cityofws.org


Jerry Kontos    
Deputy City Attorney
Phone: 336-747-7407 jerrynk@cityofws.org

Principal Planner

David Reed, AICP
Phone: 336-747-7043 - w davidr@cityofws.org
Phone: 336-748-3763 - f

Current Membership - City Council Appointments

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Kaky Berry, Vice-ChairWhite Female1
June 2024
Chad GadberryWhite Male2
June 2024
Emma K. HaneyWhite Female1December 2023
Sunny StewartWhite Female1June 2022
Tina M. ThackerWhite Female2June 2023

Current Membership - County Appointments

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Kevin Owen, ChairWhite Male2November 2021
Donna J. AbernethyWhite Female2November 2021
Cheryl HarryBlack Female1June 2025
LeAnn PegramWhite Female1December 2023
Janet ShillWhite Female1November 2024

Current Membership - Other Appointments

NameAppointed ByRace & GenderTermExpiration
vacantVillage of Clemmons

C. J. IdolTown of KernersvilleWhite Male1December 2022

Authority for Creation

The authority for establishing the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission is NCGS 160D-940 through 160D-951, 160D-102, 160D-303, 160D-404(c) and 105-278. Section 86-1 of the Winston-Salem City Code was adopted by the City Council on April 15, 2002.

Purpose / Function

The Commission is designated as the historic preservation advisory and quasi-judicial body for Forsyth County. Its purpose is to safeguard the heritage of Forsyth County by preserving those areas and individual properties which reflect elements of its cultural, social, economic, political or architectural history.


The Historic Resource Commission’s (HRC) role is to protect and enrich the County’s cultural, historical, architectural and archaeological heritage through the identification, designation and preservation of historic resources. To that end, the Commission strives to promote the use and conservation of historic properties for the education, pleasure and enrichment of the residents of Forsyth County and North Carolina. The Commission reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness in Winston-Salem’s three Historic / Historic Overlay Districts and for the County’s Local Historic Landmarks. It also reviews designations of Historic Signs and makes recommendations about other historic designations and historic preservation issues to the local elected bodies. Once a year, the Commission awards Historic Markers to significant sites throughout Forsyth County.

Get Involved

Volunteer Commission members serve a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms. Serving on the HRC can offer you an opportunity to understand how your local government works and allow you to make a direct contribution to protecting and preserving historic resources.

To apply for a position on the Historic Resources Commission, please contact:

City Clerk’s Office
City of Winston-Salem
Phone: 336-727-2224

County Manager’s Office
Forsyth County
Phone: 336-703-2020

Town Manager’s Office
Town of Kernersville
Phone: 336-996-3121

Village Manager’s Office
Village of Clemmons
Phone: 336-766-7511