Preserving historical Kernersville became critical in the 1980’s due to the rapid development of commercial and residential property. The Kernersville Historical Preservation Society (KHPS) was formed in 1982 to serve as an advocate for the Town’s historical buildings and memories of past generations. Many historic homes had already been lost and with them the history of the people who lived there. Long-time Kernersville resident, Cornelia Adams was instrumental in founding and leading the KHPS for more than 10 years. Mrs. Adams and Mary Ruth Korner, unofficial town historians, did much to preserve the printed history of the town. Today, the KHPS’ mission is to carry on this work and welcome alll to become involved.
Our annual KHPS Picnic and St. Paul's Cleanup Day is coming up soon! We are planning to hold the picnic after our annual cleanup of St. Paul's Cemetery on Saturday, May 18th.
In 1870 a district school committee erected a school in the Piney Grove community. Thanks to the Town of Kernersville and the KHPS, this one room schoolhouse (16’ by 21’) was relocated to the 4th of July Park. To learn more about accessing the school, contact Kim Hittell at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kernersville Historic Preservation Society in conjunction with the Kőrner’s Folly Foundation, Kernersville Museum and Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden has developed education programs for students to teach them about the past. These are also wonderful places for individuals to explore on their own –See below.
The St. Paul's Cemetery pre-dates the Civil War, serving the African-American population of Kernersville. The St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church which once stood at this site is no longer here. The KHPS leads a community effort to preserve and maintain the Cemetery. To learn more or to become involved, contact Chris Gaugler at email@example.com
In 2017 we celebrated the St. Paul’s Cemetery with the great efforts of the wonderful Crosby Scholar Students who came out to help clean up the cemetery. Followed by our May meeting when John Wolfe III and Joe Pinnix gave a presentation providing wonderful insight and attributes to all those who were and are still involved in preserving this important Kernersville historic landmark.