One hundred and eighty prehistoric Native American and early historic archaeological sites in the county are recorded in the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office's statewide inventory.
A county architectural survey was conducted in 1984-85. This was a cooperative local-state project accomplished with grants and staff assistance from the Historic Preservation Office.
Grants totaling $4,800 in federal assistance and $80,000 in state appropriations have been administered by the Historic Preservation Office to support the Davie County architectural survey and nominations of historic districts in Mocksville, to assist work at the Hinton Rowan Helper House (a National Historic Landmark), and to aid the textile heritage museum in Cooleemee.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
There are fourteen listings in the National Register of Historic Places including Center Arbor, Cooleemee Plantation, Davie County Jail and Courthouse, and three historic districts in Mocksville. Cooleemee Plantation and the Hinton Rowan Helper House are also National Historic Landmarks.
PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS
The Horn-Harding Building and the McGuire-Setzer House, both income-producing tax credit projects in Mocksville, have been completed at a total construction investment of $208,500. One residential renovation is underway to utilize the new state tax credit for non-income-producing historic structures. The Historic Preservation Office reviews and provides restoration technical services for all tax credit projects.
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLICATIONS
The Historic Preservation Office assisted the Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society in publishing the findings of the architectural survey in The Historic Architecture of Davie County, an Interpretive Analysis and Documentary Catalogue in 1986.
The Historic Preservation Office has provided technical restoration assistance for the Edward L. Davis House, the McGuire-Setzer House, the Hinton Rowan Helper House, and many other buildings throughout the county.