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National Register of Historic Places:  North Carolina Sites

By Kelly Agan

North Carolina Government & Heritage Library, 2015

The National Register of Historic Places was authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and is administered under the National Park Service.  Since that time, more than 90,000 archaeological sites and historic properties across the United States have been recognized by the federal government through the program.  

In 1969 North Carolina saw its first nominations. Since then, approximately 2,780 sites across the state, including individual sites and historic districts, have been approved and added to the Register's rolls.  All together, more than 66,000 individual locations or buildings included in historic districts in North Carolina have been included in the National Register. Thirty-nine of North Carolina's sites have also been listed as National Landmarks.

In 2014, 17 North Carolina properties were added to the National Register, and 18 were added in 2015.

Links to North Carolina's National Register Sites:

North Carolina Sites on the National Register of Historic Places (by county, from N.C. State Office of Preservation)

North Carolina National Landmarks



North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. "The National Register of Historic Places in North Carolina." (accessed April 9, 2015). Includes links application and nomination process resources.

National Register of Historic Places State Listing for North Carolina [by county]. (accessed April 9, 2015).

Preservation North Carolina. National Register. (accessed April 9, 2015).


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