Few places in America have played such a formative role in our country's most defining moments as Fayetteville.
The Liberty Point Resolve of 1775 pledged local support for the Revolutionary War cause for independence from England while Scottish heroine Flora MacDonald rallied for the loyalist cause. After the Revolution, with no permanent state capital, the North Carolina legislature periodically met in Fayetteville at the State House. In 1789, at a meeting in Fayetteville, the legislature ratified the U.S. Constitution and chartered the University of North Carolina, America's oldest state university.
Fayetteville's original settlers were from the highlands of Scotland and arrived in 1739 via the Cape Fear River. The area grew as a center of government and commerce because of its location as an inland port and the hub of the early "Plank Roads" system, key to overland travel from the 1840s to 1850s.
Fayetteville stands testament to its proud past. Many structures have been painstakingly preserved to reflect this history in four designated historic districts:
- Downtown Fayetteville National Register Historic District
- Haymount National Register Historic District
- Liberty Point National Register Historic District
- Market House Square National Register Historic District
Historic Resources Commission
The Historic Resources Commission is responsible for reviewing and approving all exterior changes within the designated historic districts and to landmark properties. They also are responsible for conducting public awareness and education programs concerning historic properties and districts within the City of Fayettevile.
Recent Meeting Agendas:
- Design Guidelines for Fayetteville's Historic Districts & Local Landmarks
- NEW Ordinance S2015-010 Historic District Design Guidelines for Signs, Banners, and Flags
Design Guidelines Update Project
Purpose of Project
The update of the Design Guidelines for Fayetteville’s Historic Districts and Local Landmarks is being undertaken by the Historic Resources Commission (HRC) in order to provide a more complete, up-to-date and user-friendly document to owners, managers and occupants of historic properties within Fayetteville. The current version of the Design Guidelines was approved by the HRC on September 17, 2000, and was subsequently approved by City Council on December 18, 2000.
HRC Training 2016-02-20
- Jeff Adolphsen Presentation: Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
- Laurie Mitchell Presentation: Commission Training