Annual Neighborhood Walk | West End, East Campus & Beyond

Annual Neighborhood Walk with, “Street Historian” John Schelp SAVE THE DATE Sunday, March 28, 2021 @ 4:00pm Join the Zoom Virtual Hike on March 28 Click the link below to join live   Meeting ID: 829 6994 1787 Passcode: history   Where was Wall Street? What’s a Pinhooker? How did the Washington Read more…


PEOPLE + PLACE Preservation Durham presents Geer Cemetery: Racial Inequities in Cemeteries Geer Cemetery Facebook Live & Zoom Virtual Event Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:00 Noon Presenter: Debra Taylor Gonzalez-Garcia Preservation Durham’s People + Place Speaker Series connects the people of Durham with the importance of our historic, architectural and Read more…

Fall Historic Maplewood Cemetery Walk| November 2020

Halloween Themed

Historic Maplewood Cemetery Tours 

Sun. Nov. 1 @ 10am & 12:30pm

Sat. Nov. 7 @ 10am & 12:30pm

Sun. Nov. 8 @ 10am

Celebrate Durham history and Halloween with a guided tour of Durham’s famous Old Maplewood Cemetery. Preservation Durham tour guides will take small groups around the cemetery pausing here and there to tell stories of triumph and tragedy, joy and sorrow, wealth and poverty, lives long and short. We will talk about war, disease, and maybe even a murder mystery. Learn about funerary traditions and grave art and architecture. All this in what is perhaps Durham’s loveliest urban open space.
New Rain Dates for EVERYONE!
When: Sun. Nov. 1 at 10am & 12:30pm 
When: Sat. Nov. 7 at 10am & 12:30pm
When: Sun. Nov. 8 at 10am
Where: 815 Kent Street, Durham, NC (near Corner of Kent & Morehead Ave)
Historic Maplewood Cemetery (Kent Street Entrance)
Non-Members Cost: $12/person ($15.06 incl. fees & taxes)
Current Members Cost: Free! (membership status will be verified)
Tour Duration: 1hr 30 minutes to 2 hrs
Must pay in advance! No cash.

Click Here to Sign-Up

Maplewood was created in 1872 as Durham’s very first public amenity. The cemetery is Durham’s very first public space and its very first planned space. It is a garden of memories and our oldest repository of public art. In Maplewood are buried captains of industry, famous educators, great philanthropists, and ordinary people. In the cemetery are reposed the origins of many Durham legends and icons. There are stories of war and disease and the struggle against both. There are stories of love and of prejudice, of triumph and tragedy. Learn about funerary customs and grave architecture. Enjoy the peace and solemnity of one of the city’s great historic treasures.

Take Note…

  • limited to ten (15) people per tour walk
  • facemasks required
  • and social distancing will be practiced.


Annual Meeting | July 14, 2020

Annual Meeting 2020

Join us for the Preservation Durham Annual Meeting 2020. The Executive Director will provide an update on successes and alarms for the fiscal year and vote in a new slate of board members.
When: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Zoom Video Webinar

Click Here to Register

Take Note…

The meeting is open to the public, but only members in good standing (current on dues) are allowed to vote.

  • Click here to join or renew membership.
  • Or, call us at 919-682-3036 to join or renew by phone.
  • If you have questions about your membership status, email Diane Amato at
  • Members will vote on incoming board members listed below…
Ashley Coates
Dr. Faye Calhoun
Kimberly Miller
Jonathan Crisp
Amy Bastian
Austin Moore
Patricia Harris
Melva Rigel


Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Workshop | May 28, 2020

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Workshop

Do you own a historic property? Are you planning to rehabilitate the property? Is it located in a historic district? If yes to all of these questions, you might be eligible for rehabilitation tax credits. Join our live Renovators Network Webinar event with Preservation Consultant, Sara Lachenman of Four over One Design.

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Zoom Webinar:  or Webinar Meeting ID: 815 7287 9268
Facebook Live:

Our Expert: Sara Lachenman of Four Over One Design LLC

Renovators Network is a series of classes and workshops that cover all things historic houses including a hands-on, DIY approach for issues such as plaster repair, wood window maintenance, interior design, and historic house hunting.

Presentation talking points:

  • Qualifying projects and design requirements
  • Proposed changes to the historic rehabilitation tax credit program
  • Ins and Outs of the state/federal historic tax credit process
  • When to hire a consultant — or do it yourself!