Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission

Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission

The Historic Resources Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 1, at the Benton Convention Center, 301 West Fifth Street. The meeting will be held in Winston Ballroom, Section 2 at 4:00 p.m. You will be able to enter the Benton from the bridge to the parking deck or the main entrance at the corner of West Fifth Street and Cherry Street. Parking is available on the street or in the parking deck on the east side of Cherry Street. There is a fee to park in the deck.

Everyone attending the meeting will be required to wear a mask while moving through public spaces in the Benton. Uniformed police officers will assist with managing the flow of people through the building. Seating in the holding and meeting rooms will be arranged so that social distancing is maintained; you will not be required to wear a mask while seated and socially distanced. Everyone attending the meeting will be required to sign in with a valid email address or phone number to permit contact tracing in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19. Doors to the Benton will open at 3:30 p.m. Please allow yourself sufficient time to sign in and be seated in the holding room.

To reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, staff will not distribute hard copies of staff reports or the Minor Work Report; you may review or download staff reports and the Minor Work report here: Staff and the Commission will not accept copies of written evidence or other paperwork at the meeting. If you have materials you plan to share as a part of your testimony, you MUST email the information to staff at by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, or bring it with you on a PC-compatible flash drive.

 Cases will be grouped by historic/historic overlay district to simplify the movement of witnesses between the holding and meeting rooms. Landmark cases will be heard first, followed by Old Salem cases, and finally West End cases. The public hearing for the West End Historic Overlay Design Review Standards will follow the COA hearings. You may download or review the draft Standards here: February 5, 2020 Amended West End Historic Overlay District Design Review Guidelines (PDF).

Forsyth County Historic Resources CommissionThe Historic Resources Commission is a twelve-member board (roster below) consisting of five representatives appointed by the Forsyth County Commissioners, five by the Winston-Salem City Council, one from the Town of Kernersville, and one from the Village of Clemmons. Six of these members are appointed at-large and six fulfill specific categorical requirements. Staff to the HRC is provided through the City-County Planning Division.


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.


The HRC meets the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.

Annual Reports

Historic Resources Commission Annual Reports

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and Minutes of the HRC meetings as well as the status of the Major Work Certificate of Appropriateness cases are available for online viewing.

Current HRC meeting agenda (PDF)

HRC meeting agendas and minutes 2016-present

Roster and Calendar

The annual calendar shows meeting dates and application submittal deadlines.

HRC Roster (PDF)

2020 HRC Calendar (PDF)

Want to 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 preservation the historic resources.

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

City Secretary’s OfficeCity of Winston-Salem(336) 727-2224
County Manager’s OfficeForsyth County(336) 703-2020
Town Manager’s OfficeTown of Kernersville(336) 996-3121
Village Manager’s OfficeVillage of Clemmons(336) 766-7511