A 1987 grant-supported archaeological survey of Gates County more than doubled the number of sites recorded in the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office's statewide inventory for Gates County. A total of 113 archaeological sites have been identified in the county as of February 1996.
The Gates County architectural survey, supported by a federal preservation subgrant of $12,500, was conducted in 1986-87 under the supervision of the Historic Preservation Office. This was a cooperative local-state project accomplished with funding and staff assistance from the Historic Preservation Office.
From 1983 to 1997, state appropriations totaling $161,210 assisted the restoration of the Gates County Courthouse. Since 1986, Gates County has received $18,673 in federal subgrants from the Historic Preservation Office for architectural survey of the county, stabilization of the Buckland Plantation House, and archaeological reconnaissance survey work.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Gates County listings in the National Register of Historic Places include Buckland, Elmwood Plantation, the Freeman House (Gates vicinity), the Joseph Freeman House (Reynoldson vicinity), and the Gates County Courthouse. Another National Register property, the Roberts-Carter House (near Gatesville) was destroyed by a tornado in 1984.
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLICATIONS
The Historic Preservation Office assisted the Gates County Historical Society in publishing the results of the architectural survey in Forgotten Gates: The Historical Architecture of a Rural North Carolina County, by Thomas R. Butchko, in 1991.
Technical restoration services have been provided to the Gates County Courthouse, Buckland, the Pipkin-Goodman-Edwards House, the State Line House, the Hunter-Norfleet-Cross Farm, and the Mitchell Farm.