Two archaeological sites, Colson's Ordinary and Morrow Mountain, have received grant assistance. The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office statewide inventory contains information on approximately 175 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in Stanly County. The Hardaway Archaeological Site is one of the oldest sites in the eastern United States (c. 10,000 B.C.-present). A major campsite and stone working area for peoples throughout prehistory, the site reveals stratified remains that form one of the two cornerstones for a chronological sequence that applies to much of the eastern United States.
Historic Preservation Office staff conducted an architectural survey of Badin in 1982. In 1989-1991 the Historic Preservation Office provided assistance for the countywide architectural survey. This survey was a cooperative local-state project accomplished with a grant and staff assistance from the Historic Preservation Office.
Federal grants totaling $10,000 and state grants totaling $258,250 have been awarded in the county to projects such as the countywide architectural survey, two archaeological excavations, the National Register nomination of the Pfeiffer Junior College Historic District, courthouse square renovations, and restoration of the Marks House and the Albemarle Depot.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Two historic districts and the Narrows Dam and Power Plant Complex in Badin; the Pee Dee Avenue Historic District, the Opera House/Starnes Jewelers Building, Isaiah Wilson Snuggs House, and Marks House in Albemarle; the Pfeiffer Junior College Historic District near Misenheimer; and the Randle House near Norwood are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Hardaway archaeological site near Badin is listed in the National Register and is a National Historic Landmark.
LOCAL PRESERVATION COMMISSIONS
Stanly County has one local preservation commission, the joint Albemarle-Stanly Historic Preservation Commission, which oversees four local landmark designations.
PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS
Three income-producing tax credit projects, including the former Badin Hospital in Badin and the old Lowder Hardware Building and Purcell Drug Store in Albemarle, have been completed at a construction investment of $1,215,400; the Albemarle Opera House in Albemarle is undergoing renovation. Two residential renovations are 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 preservation tax credit projects.
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLICATIONS
The Historic Preservation Office assisted Badin in publishing Badin: A Town at the Narrows, An Historical and Architectural Survey, in 1982, and the Albemarle-Stanly County Historic Preservation Commission in publishing Stanly County: The Architectural Legacy of a Rural North Carolina County in 1992.
The Historic Preservation Office has provided technical assistance for the restoration of the Marks House, the Opera House, the All-Star Flour Mill, and the Winston-Salem Southbound Depot, all in Albemarle, the Stanly County Country Club in Badin, and many other buildings throughout the county.