The Kernersville Historical Preservation Society meets bi-monthly on the 3rd Monday in January, March, May, July, September, and November at 6:30 PM. Members are notified about a week in advance of the location, time, and historical topic.
Along with everything else that has been cancelled, our KHPS meeting for Monday, March 16 has joined the list. It has been rescheduled for Monday, April 20 in the hope that things will be somewhat back to normal by then. Mark your calendars – and stay well!
Our next meeting of the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society will be held on March 16th in the Paddison Library Auditorium at the Kernersville Branch Library located at 248 Harmon Lane, Kernersville. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.
Oak Ridge resident and historic preservationist Terry Hammond, will talk about the Guilford County Community Remembrance Project (GCCRP), a local initiative formed in 2019 to bring awareness to the legacy of lynching and racial terror in Guilford County. In the only documented lynching in Guilford County, Eugene Hairston, a 17-year old African-American youth from Kernersville, was lynched in Greensboro in 1887. GCCRP is working to erect a historical marker about this crime in order to fully acknowledge the lasting impact of racial terror. Believing in the power of truth about our history, GCCRP works to advance racial reconciliation, peace and understanding in the community. The program brings to light not only the importance of architectural preservation of the community but of preserving the history of events and individuals.
As always, light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.
Our next meeting of the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society will be held on January 20, at the Kernersville Museum located at 127 W Mountain St., Kernersville. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.
It is with excitement that we begin this New Year welcoming 3 of the saved historic buildings to their new site at the Kernersville Museum, with the remaining 2 to follow as well as the One Room Schoolhouse! What a challenge is ahead in making this an inviting Village that will add to the history of our community. Come to our next meeting to see for yourself & hear future plans.
All are welcome! Members are reminded that your 2020 dues of $20 is due and can be brought to the meeting of sent to KHPS, PO Box 2523, Kernersville 27285.
Our next meeting of the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society will be held on November 18th in the Paddison Library Auditorium at the Kernersville Branch Library located at 248 Harmon Lane, Kernersville. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.
There will be a presentation by C.J. Idol on “Kernersville’s Tannery in Global Perspective.”
This is our last meeting of the year and all are encouraged to attend. As always, light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.
Our next meeting will be held on September 16th at the 1870 Piney Grove School House in the Fourth of July Park off Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.
There will be a presentation on the history of the building, the types of lessons students received when it was an active school house as well as how the KHPS has used it over the years. We will highlight the new renovations and enhancements to the structure and conclude with an open discussion on how to best showcase this historic building going forward. As always, light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.
Thanks to the Town of Kernersville, our next meeting will be held on July 15th at the new Fire Chief Walter M. Summerville III Memorial Fire Station located at 1180 NC-66, Kernersville, NC.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.
There will be a presentation given by C.J. Idol on The Schober Family and Dobson's Tavern. We will also get a look at the new fire station for anyone who couldn't attend the community event last week. As always, light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.
This beautiful weather reminds me that 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. The cleanup will be from 9am-12pm and the picnic starts directly after at 12pm. Our May meeting will be held that day too. Please invite friends and family to come to both or either of the events.
--If you are coming to cleanup, please wear work shoes, gloves are advisable as well as rakes if you can bring one.
---If you are coming for the picnic starting at 12 please arrive with your dish by 11:45am, so the picnic will be ready to start a 12pm. Also please bring a CHAIR. You should be receiving an email from signupgenius.com. This is a website that makes it easy to see what food is needed and sign up to bring something.
--If you have any trouble with the site just email me what you're bringing and I will sign up for you. There's also a place to RSVP for the cleanup on the signupgenius site so feel free to let us know that you're coming!
Remember, be on the lookout for the signupgenius email, you should receive it today and I hope to see everyone soon and make May 18th a great day for service, food, and fun!!
See you soon!
KHPS Vice President
KHPS members and guests were hosted by the new owners of the Gibson House, 419 South Main Street - (next to Körner’s Folly) Darlene and Troy Pearson. There was a program about the history of the house and plans for the new bed and breakfast at this location.
KHPS members and guests met at will the new Kernersville Public Library Located at 248 Harmon Lane.
New library branch manager Crystal Holland gave a talk about the history of the Kernersville Library and how the new library came about followed by a tour of the new facility.
KHPS members and guests met at Kernersville Museum to hear the latest news from the Kernersville Museum about the upcoming synthetic ice rink and the recently completed tobacco barn
ALSO---Ernie Pages provided an update on planning of the new Etta and Lawrence Pope Park and to hear our ideas for the park.
The Kernersville Historic Preservation Society met at The Kernersville Museum for a presentation by Kernersville native, all Conference Basketball Player and Winston Salem/ Forsyth County Hall of Fame inductee Carolyn Beeson Roddy on
"From Tobacco Fields to the Hall of Fame"
The KHPS met at the new Public Services Administration Building at 509 Michael St. "Kernersville's Central Park"
Guest Speaker Ernie Pages from Parks and Recreation gave a presentation on "Kernersville's Central Park" Mr. Pages talked about the gift of 80+acres of land from Scott Pope to create a large park in Kernersville in memory of his parents Etta and Lawrence Pope. Following the presentation, a tour of the new administration building followed.
The KHPS met at the Kernersville Museum where the guest Speaker Kelly Hargett, Museum Director gave an update on museum progress. The new exhibits, including and interactive exhibit, were available for viewing. She also shared exciting plans for Historic Preservation month in May.
The KHPS met at The Traveling Bean Coffee Shop at 126-A S Main St where our host
Kyle Burge, provided us with his excellent assortment of coffee.
We had a special guest panel of some Kernersville natives who shared "Memories of Kernersville" over the years.
The KHPS met at the Kernersville Train Depot for a featured presentation by C.J. Idol on: "1873: The Year That Changed Kernersville"
Mr. Idol shared some interesting insight about the Train Depot as well as the history of North Carolina railways during that time.
The Kernersville Historic Preservation Societyheld their annual picnic at the home of Martha Paton Foures. Martha is the artist of the mural downtown across from the train depot. Her home is the 1785-1800 restored Branson/Jones farmhouse located at 5667 Stigall Road Kernersville.
The KHPS met at Körner's Folly to learn more about the Newly Restored Körner's Folly Theater. Executive Director Dale Pennington and others spoke about the history of Cupid's Park
-- Körner's Folly's beloved theater -- From its inception to its recent restoration. Those who attended were rewarded with a special showing of Körner’s Folly Family Revue Puppet Show!
The KHPS met at the Kernersville Moravian Church Historic Chapel to celebrate 150 years of Moravian Neighbors “Nurturing Glad & Generous Hearts”.
We were treated to the 1867 Historic Sanctuary to participate in some Moravian customs and hear some of the long history of this important part of our community.
Special thanks to Reverend Right and Rod Hall as well as Sandra Jennings, Betsy Oerter, Ron Smith, Ed Fisher, Bobbie Wolfe and the kind members of the Kernersville Moravian Church who enlightened us about the Church, customs and traditions