Welcome to The Kernersville Historic Preservation Society
Celebrating and caring for our community's past...
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.
Join the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society in celebrating historic preservation month for:
Tombstone Cleaning at St. Paul’s Cemetery
Saturday May 21st 2022
9:00am to 12:00 Noon
This activity is open to all interested in participating and helping us preserve our historic cemetery. All supplies will be provided and refreshments will be available.
The Piney Grove School House located at the 4th of July Park will be open Saturday May 7, 2022 from 10:00am until 12:00 noon. All interested in seeing this 1870 one room school house are welcome to attend!
In honor of veterans interred at the historic St. Paul’s AME cemetery, the Kernersville chapter of the DAR, in conjunction with the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society, held a Wreath Laying Ceremony on Sunday, December 12, 2021. The ceremony begin at 2:00 p.m. There are four known veterans buried at St. Paul’s:
Robert L. Brooks Tec5 3353 OM Drivers DET. WWII (1910-1967)
William Howard Friend PVT. 1CL. Q. M. Corps Died in WWII (1916-1946)
Andy McGee PVT 833 Co. Trans. Corps. World War I (unknown-1938)
Millard Filmore Stafford PVT US ARMY, WORLD WAR VETERANS (1895-1982)
Additionally, in preparation for the event, a clean up day was held on Saturday, December 11 beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Check out this great episode of FOX8 News featuring Kernersville’s St. Paul’s AME cemetery and our own Chris Guagler that aired on June 14, 2021.
Most of you know by now that we have been working on a project to place marble markers on the grave-sites in St. Paul’s cemetery that have gone unmarked for many, many years. Recently all the available marble stones have been placed throughout the cemetery at all of the sites that were identified with ground penetration radar.
Rather than attempting to recess the markers through a specific day or trying to do it ourselves, we concluded placing the stones and reaching out to our members and friends and family to assist would be most beneficial. By doing this, there will be no concern about social distancing, masks, etc.
If you could find time to stop by the cemetery periodically as your time permits to recess the markers we would be so grateful. It is a very simple process. Use small garden tools like a shovel, hand rake, sharp weed digger, pruners, etc. to scrape and dig a small hole the size of the marker and the depth of half the marker. Then clear away any stones or roots to make sure the marker is level. Once the recess is clean and the marker is level, you can fill in around the edges of the marker with the dirt and pack it down to help hold the marker in place. The final step is to wipe off the marker. Some photos are included to give you an idea of “before and after” placement of the markers.
Thank you so much for considering to be a part of the process to place our grave markers. If you have questions, please contact Chris Gaugler at 703-625-1024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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