HPG is the umbrella organization for four
committees, The Lenoir County Battlefields Commission, Heritage
Genealogical Society, the Colonial Commission and the Kinston Civil War
Lenoir County Battlefields Commission was established to oversee all the
Civil War Battlefield projects. The members are appointed. Any
member of the community may serve on an ad hoc committee.
In keeping with our preservation
efforts, HPG established the Heritage Genealogy Society in 2002. It is
the belief of the Historical Preservation Group that family histories
play an important role in the preservation of our local heritage. The Heritage Genealogical Society has an open membership and anyone may
become an active member by paying annual dues.
Commission works to preserve the colonial era landmarks and history. The
Colonial Commission members are appointed. Any member of the community
may serve on an ad hoc committee.
The Kinston Civil War Round Table
Historical Preservation Group grows there may be other committees
organized and the preservation movement will keep growing.
Why Is The Historical
Preservation Group Important?
Historical Preservation group is a major player in the development o f an
economic engine that will bring heritage tourism to Lenoir County and
Eastern North Carolina. In
order to accomplish their goals they
have partnered with national, state and local government and the private
sector. Their focus is to bring economic benefits to eastern North
Carolina while at the same time preserving our heritage.
HPG has become a driving force in Lenoir County for the preservation of
its history and
they have identified,
recognized and protected historic Civil War battlefield sites.
Preserving the battlefields not only saves the physical site for
interpretation, but it will
protect wetlands and provide an
environmentally clean and safe habitat for wildlife.
conducted history research projects and
living history events that has and will provide an educational asset for the
resources create civic pride and Eastern North Carolina will be
reaping the economic benefits of heritage tourism.
The partnership of Historical Preservation group, government and the
private sector is
a dynamic combination.
A Rich History Is Our Past.....
Let's Make it a Part Of Our Future
Over the years many things that were part of a rich history have been
throughout our nation. Today Civil War Battlefields are falling
victim to encroachment
by malls, trailer parks, factories, highways and
parking lots. Such a situation is not
necessary in order to have progress.
The citizens of our county have the ability to save two Civil War
Battlefields, Battle of Kinston 1862 and Battle of Wyse Fork 1865. If we
now, Battlefields can be protected while malls, housing developments
and factories are being built. In some areas of the United States it is too
late, but not here in Lenoir County,
Many historic buildings have disappeared or left in dilapidated condition.
There still are
others worth saving for future generations. There are
islands of grass in large plowed
fields that tell us that there are resting
places for many that have gone on before. Who were these people? There are
stories to be told of battles fought and brave men lost for
believed in. Preservation can provide the key to saving all of these things.
The history of Lenoir County dates back to the days when only the Indians
land. The county is rich in Colonial and Civil War history. This
history is a foundation on
which to build a great tourism industry and make
Lenoir County a major tourism destination.
The Historical Preservation Group strives to educate, inform and excite
the people of the community about the greatness of Lenoir county.
A public awareness campaign started the people talking about the past
and their interest and support has begun to grow and is still growing.
it is not to late to keep our past from truly being just that, our past.
Our history can be our hope and our legacy. This is our goal.
Come along and join the Historical Preservation Group
We must act now!
To Many of Lenoir County's Historic Landmarks
have already been destroyed.