Historic Preservation

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Preserving the Past for the Future

The Town of Cary recognizes the value of preserving the town’s rich history for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. The Town is committed to integrating historic preservation planning into daily land use planning by encouraging development in a manner that respects the best of the past, by helping to build sound preservation policies following the recommendations of the adopted Historic Preservation Master Plan and by supporting the work of the Cary Historic Preservation Commission

Designated Historic Properties

Within Cary’s planning jurisdiction, there are currently two types of historic designations:  Local Historic Landmarks and National Register Properties.

1. Local Historic Landmarks

2. National Register Properties:

  • Individually-Listed Properties
  • Districts

Other Useful Links

The Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel

The Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel is a non-profit volunteer organization with a long history of community service in Cary. The Friends’ stated mission is to “enrich the community by serving as guardian for the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, by advocating preservation of Cary historic sites, by archiving history and facilitating history education, and by promoting the cultural arts.”

Capital Area Preservation, Inc.

Capital Area Preservation (CAP) is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Raleigh but serving all of Wake County, whose mission is to “secure a place for our historic resources in Wake County’s future through programs of protection, promotion and education.”

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office

The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office assists citizens, institutions, and government entities with the identification, evaluation, protection, and enhancement of historically and architecturally significant properties in North Carolina. The agency carries out state and federal preservation programs and is a section within the Division of Historical Resources, Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Preservation North Carolina, Inc.  

Preservation North Carolina (PNC) “promotes and protects the buildings and landscapes of our state’s diverse heritage.” This private, non-profit organization is headquartered in Raleigh, but maintains four additional offices throughout the state. PNC advocates for preservation state-wide through a variety of projects and programs including an award-winning Endangered Properties Program. The organization also maintains a list of design consultants and building professionals who supply preservation services.

National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Administered by the National Park Service, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources. Visit the website to search the National Register database, find out how to nominate a property to the National Register, or learn about the benefits and incentives of listing.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. that works to save historic places across the country.


For more information, contact:

Anna Readling, Senior Planner
Town of Cary Planning Department
P.O. Box 8005 Cary, NC 27512