The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office statewide inventory contains information on about twenty prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in Polk County.
Tryon was comprehensively surveyed with Historic Preservation Office assistance in 1978-79. The rest of the county was part of a three-county reconnaissance level survey in 1985. Surveys are cooperative local-state projects accomplished with grants and staff assistance from the Historic Preservation Office.
Federal subgrants totaling $18,779 have been awarded by the Historic Preservation Office to assist restoration of the Polk County Courthouse and the Tryon architectural survey. State grants totaling $60,000 have assisted the restoration of the Polk County Courthouse and the Saluda City Hall.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Thirteen Polk County listings in the National Register include the 1840s Polk County Courthouse, the Pinecrest Inn in Tryon, the Church of the Transfiguration in Saluda, and the Saluda Main Street Historic District.
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLICATIONS
The Historic Preservation Office, the town of Tryon, and local non-profit organizations published An Architectural and Historical Survey of Tryon, North Carolina in 1979.
In addition to providing technical assistance to grant recipients, the Historic Preservation Office has provided restoration advice to other projects including the Saluda United Methodist Church, the Old Saluda Feed Store, and the Saluda Community Library (former Pace Building).