Working with the landowner, North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office archaeologists located six historic archaeological sites and helped define boundaries for the Cascine Plantation National Register nomination in 1985. Over 100 archaeological sites in Franklin County are recorded in the Historic Preservation Office files.
The Historic Preservation Office staff worked with Franklin County historian T.H. Pearce to conduct an architectural survey of Franklin County in the late 1970s, which resulted in many National Register nominations and encouraged preservation of a number of long-vacant properties.
Since 1981, Franklin County has received $45,967 in federal subgrants from the Historic Preservation Office for restoration work at Person Place and the Archibald Taylor House and preparation of a National Register nomination for the Louisburg Historic District. State appropriations of $124,000 have assisted the restoration of Person Place and Franklinton City Hall.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
The Louisburg Historic District and thirty individual historic properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places including plantations, farms, a mill, the Franklinton Depot, Sterling Cotton Mill, the main building at Louisburg College, and numerous houses.
LOCAL PRESERVATION COMMISSIONS
At their request the Franklin County Historic Properties Commission has received consultation services from the Historic Preservation Office.
PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS
Two income-producing tax credit projects have been completed in Franklin County at a total construction investment of $109,500, including the Dean Farm and the Massenburg Plantation doctor's office outbuilding, both near Louisburg; two additional projects are undergoing rehabilitation. Five residences are being renovated to utilize the new state tax credit for non-income-producing structures. The Historic Preservation Office reviews and provides restoration technical services for all tax credit projects.
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLICATIONS
Two books on the historic architecture of Franklin County, Early Architecture of Franklin County and Early Architecture of Franklin County II, both privately published by T.H. Pearce, are based on the architectural surveys conducted by Mr. Pearce and Historic Preservation Office staff.
The Historic Preservation Office has provided technical restoration assistance to numerous Franklin County projects including Person Place, Franklin Academy, Franklinton United Methodist Church, Woodleaf Plantation, Vine Hill, the Patty Person Taylor House, and Laurel Mill.