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Special Thank You!
 Civil War Preservation Trust
(for startup funding and guidance)
  National Park Service and American Battlefield Protection Program
(for grants and guidance)
  United Kingdom Civil War Round Table
(for providing early support and funding)
 

   Who Is The Historical Preservation Group?

In August of 2001,when it was learned that an out of county developer intended to establish  a trailer park on a section of the Wyse Fork Battlefield, four women embarked on a magnificent adventure: saving Civil War Battlefields in Lenoir County, North Carolina. With  fervor the four women joined with others and were successful in saving the site from  development.

The Historical Preservation Group is a diverse group of people that came together with a common interest and passion for the preservation of our  history.  With the financial help of Civil War Preservation Trust HPG became incorporated and received their non-profit status.  Its purpose has been to provide leadership, education and advocacy to save diverse historic landmarks.  This preservation movement strives to bring to the area heritage tourism, economic growth and an awareness of the rich history of Eastern North Carolina.   We are proud members of the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies, The Lenoir County Heritage Tourism Council and the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce.   HPG is governed by a Board of Directors.  There is an advisory Committee made up of many people with various areas of expertise.  A sustaining membership is open to anyone that wishes to become a sustaining member. 

The four ladies were soon joined by two men who shared the same passion for preservation  and history. These six people evolved into the Historical Preservation Group and a historic preservation movement was born. HPG has and will continue to serve as an instrument needed to see that the history of Lenoir County be told and the preservation of what is left be saved.

 HPG is the umbrella organization for four committees, The Lenoir County Battlefields Commission, Heritage Genealogical Society, the Colonial Commission and the Kinston Civil War Round Table.

The Lenoir County Battlefields Commission was established to oversee all the Civil War Battlefield projects.   The members are appointed.  Any member of the community may serve on an ad hoc committee. 

In keeping with our preservation efforts, HPG established the Heritage Genealogy Society in 2002.  It is the belief of the Historical Preservation Group that family histories play an important role in the preservation of our local heritage. The Heritage Genealogical Society has an open membership and anyone may become an active member by paying annual dues.

The Colonial Commission works to preserve the colonial era landmarks and history. The Colonial Commission members are appointed.  Any member of the community may serve on an ad hoc committee.

The Kinston Civil War Round Table

As the Historical Preservation Group grows there may be other committees organized and the preservation movement will keep growing.

Why Is The Historical Preservation Group Important?
The Historical Preservation group is a major player in the development o  f an economic engine that will bring heritage tourism to Lenoir County and Eastern North Carolina.  In
order to accomplish their goals they have partnered with national, state and local government and the private sector.  Their focus is to bring economic benefits to eastern North Carolina while at the same time preserving our heritage.
       
HPG has become a driving force in Lenoir County for the preservation of its history and
they have identified, recognized and protected historic Civil War battlefield sites. 
Preserving the battlefields not only saves the physical site for interpretation, but it will
protect wetlands and provide an environmentally clean and safe habitat for wildlife. 
HPG has conducted history research projects and  living history events that has and will provide an educational asset for the community.  Heritage resources create civic pride and Eastern North Carolina will be reaping the economic benefits of heritage tourism.

The partnership of Historical Preservation group, government and the private sector is
a dynamic combination. 

A Rich History Is Our Past.....
                                       Let's Make it a Part Of Our Future


Over the years many things that were part of a rich history have been destroyed
throughout our nation. Today Civil War Battlefields are falling victim to encroachment
by malls, trailer parks, factories, highways and parking lots. Such a situation is not
necessary in order to have progress. The citizens of our county have the ability to save two Civil War Battlefields, Battle of Kinston 1862 and Battle of Wyse Fork 1865. If we plan
now, Battlefields can be protected while malls, housing developments and factories are being built. In some areas of the United States it is too late, but not here in Lenoir County, North Carolina.

Many historic buildings have disappeared or left in dilapidated condition. There still are
others worth saving for future generations. There are islands of grass in large plowed
fields that tell us that there are resting places for many that have gone on before. Who were these people? There are stories to be told of battles fought and brave men lost for
causes they believed in. Preservation can provide the key to saving all of these things.

The history of Lenoir County dates back to the days when only the Indians roamed the
land.  The county is rich in Colonial and Civil War history. This history is a foundation on
which to build a great tourism industry and make Lenoir County a major tourism destination.

The Historical Preservation Group strives to educate, inform and excite the people of the community about the greatness of Lenoir county.  A public awareness campaign started the people talking about the past and their interest and support has begun to grow and is still growing.  it is not to late to keep our past from truly being just that, our past.  Our history can be our hope and our legacy.  This is our goal.

Come along and join the Historical Preservation Group
  on this magnificent adventure

We must act now!
To Many of Lenoir County's Historic Landmarks
 have already been destroyed.