Welcome to The Kernersville Historic Preservation Society

Celebrating and caring for our community's past...


 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 Next KHPS Meeting

  Our next meeting will be held on September 16th at the Piney Grove School House in the Fourth of July Park off Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC. 

The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.

This will be an exciting and fun meeting to learn about the history and future plans of this local historic icon. 

Explore our Town Treasures

Piney Grove School House



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 kjhittell@gmail.com 

Experience Kernersville's Past


 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.

St. Paul's Cemetery


  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 hgaugler@msn.com

Additional Information

Piney Grove Shool House Handout (pdf)


St. Paul's Cemetery -history (jpg)


Field Trip Brochure - 2019 (pdf)



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.