PRESERVATION DURHAM’S OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE OLD WEST DURHAM NEIGHBORHOOD PROTECTION OVERLAY ISSUE
Old West Durham, one of the earliest neighborhoods in this city, is rich with reminders of our history and, thus, of significant interest to Preservation Durham. Part of the area included in this Neighborhood Protection Overlay lies in a National Register Historic District, and many houses in the neighborhood are physical reminders of the “mill village” that was so important in Durham’s early industrial boom.
Quoting from Jean Anderson’s history of Durham, “the mill homes were, ‘clean, well-maintained, inexpensive (usually about twenty-five cents per room per week), and convenient. They liked the sociability of the village. They had space in their yards for vegetables and flowers…Christmas was