The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office staff and volunteers contributed over 200 hours to excavations at the eighteenth century Worsley site near Conetoe. Remains of the Confederate steamship Oregon were located in the Tar River by the Historic Preservation Office, working with the Tarboro Historical Society in 1985-1986. Some 350 Edgecombe County archaeological sites are recorded in the Historic Preservation Office's statewide inventory.
Architectural surveys were conducted in rural Edgecombe County in 1984, the Tarboro Historic District in 1979, and Princeville (Freedom Hill) in 1980. These were cooperative local-state projects accomplished with grants and staff assistance from the Historic Preservation Office.
Since 1978, Edgecombe County has received $66,072 in federal subgrants from the Historic Preservation Office for numerous projects including an archaeological survey of Tarboro, and restoration of the Blount-Bridgers and Farrar-Martin houses. State appropriations of $200,000 have assisted the Blount-Bridgers House restoration and the Edgecombe County Preservation Fund.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Twenty-five individual properties, one large historic district in Tarboro, and the residential Edgemont Historic District in Rocky Mount are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Many are in or near Tarboro, the county seat, such as The Barracks, Calvary Episcopal Church, Coolmore Plantation (National Historic Landmark), Blount-Bridgers House, Oakland Plantation, and the Town Common. Others are found elsewhere in the county, such as Bracebridge Hall (near Old Sparta), Cedar Lane (Leggett vicinity), Piney Prospect (Old Sparta vicinity), St. John's Episcopal Church (Battleboro), and the Wilkinson-Dozier and Worsley-Burnette houses near Conetoe.
LOCAL PRESERVATION COMMISSIONS
Upon request, the Historic Preservation Office provides consultation services to the Tarboro Historic District Commission, which was established in 1976.
PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS
Ten income-producing tax credit projects have been completed in Edgecombe County at a total construction investment of $2,177,700, including the 100 block of South Washington Street in Rocky Mount. Four residences are currently undergoing renovation to utilize the new state tax credit for non-income-producing structures. The Historic Preservation Office reviews and provides restoration technical services for all tax credit projects.
Edgecombe County has proven to be one of the most active counties in the state for restoration. Many technical consultations have occurred in the county and they include the Blount-Bridgers House, St. Paul's Baptist Church, Conoho Masonic Lodge, Faulkner House, Old Town Plantation, Coolmore, the Savage-Combs House, the Franklinton Center at Bricks, Danielhurst Plantation, Norfleet Plantation, Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church, the Princeville Town Hall, and many others. In the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd in September 1999, staff was heavily engaged in providing assistance in flood-damaged areas of east Tarboro, Princeville, and in rural sections of the county.