Trades Fair spotlights historic restoration


Adrienne Copland, a student in Edgecombe Community College’s Historic Preservation program, shows guests how to reglaze historic windows during the Preservation Trades Fair on April 28 on the Tarboro campus.


From Contributed Reports

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Visitors from the Triangle eastward learned about the restoration of historic structures during the Preservation Trades Fair on April 28 at Edgecombe Community College.

Experts from Eastern North Carolina led demonstrations on various preservation-related topics and building trades, including roofing, window repair and historic carpentry.

Presenters included:

■ Reid Thomas, restoration specialist with the Eastern Office of the State Historic Preservation Office, who spoke on tax credits.

■ Rob Sands, CEO of the Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities, who talked about his program to renovate houses for veterans.

■ Amber Kidd, local preservation commission/CLG coordinator with the State Historic Preservation Office, who focused on historic commissions.

■ Kevin Wilson, who gave a talk on timberframe construction.

Several ECC Historic Preservation students also led demonstrations, including Adrienne Copland, window reglazing; Amber Perry, wood shingle roofing; and Jacob Gore, historic paint. Instructor Chris Jones showed guests how to repair windows. He also showcased a display of old tools.

The Preservation Trades Fair was held on the Tarboro campus at the Norfleet House, a 200-year-old home that has been a working classroom since it was moved to campus in 2009. Craftsmen and Historic Preservation students restored the house.

In 2009, Edgecombe Community College began its Historic Preservation program, the first of its kind in North Carolina. It includes certificate, diploma, and degree programs, as well as popular weekend continuing education classes.

“Our Historic Preservation program has been well received by the public and the preservation industry,” said Monika Fleming, Historic Preservation program coordinator. “We are very proud that all of our graduates have found jobs in the field.”

Continuing education classes scheduled in June and July include several genealogy classes and classes on cemetery research and how to do a house history.

For more information on ECC’s Historic Preservation program and classes, please contact Monika Fleming at 823-5166, ext. 241, or flemingm@edgecombe.edu.