Darts & laurels: Preservation is for all

Published 11:16 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Laurels to Historic Salisbury Foundation for putting together an OctoberTour for this Saturday and Sunday that should appeal to diverse interests. OctoberTour is not just about the West Square Historic District, though homeowners there have invested heavily in preserving their fine old homes. The tour this year includes two West End houses with ties to historically black Livingstone College, the J.C. Price House and the Lynch-Nicholson House — each with stories to tell about the college’s early leaders. Also on the tour is the Neely School near China Grove, built in 1908 to educate African-American children during a time when education was not readily available to them.

All told, there are 12 stops on this year’s tour, including the stately Hambley-Wallace House — the famed mansion on South Fulton Street — which was a huge draw on the 2012 tour and promises to be again. Elsewhere on the tour are more beautiful homes and sites. Capping it all off is the Bell Tower, newly stabilized, reinforced and soon to be the centerpiece of a major downtown park.

Tremendous work and love goes into saving these structures, and even more labor has gone into preparing them for this weekend. The tour gives strong testimony to the versatility and solid construction of old structures, a message Historic Salisbury Foundation is eager to spread.

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