Currently the town of Morrisville is seeking public input on the
design of its downtown historic district. Everyone is urged attend or
contact the Planning Department and support historic preservation
and the creation of a historic battlefield park.
op kicks off Morrisville Town Center Plan design process
Over 100 people attend the event
By Beth Hatcher, Staff Writer, News and Observer, July 19,
Morrisvile Town Center Design Studio -- Wednesday and
Thursday, July 19-20. The design team will use the input to help
prepare a draft design for the Town Center area. From 2 to 7 p.m.
on July 19 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 20, the public can
drop by, watch the work and give more input. This will take place in
the Town Hall board room, 100 Town Hall Drive. Design
Presentation -- Thursday, July 20. After the design studio ends, the
design team will present the draft design and solicit feedback at a
public-input meeting, also to be held in the Town Hall board room.
For information or to register for events, contact Bynum Walter at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 463-6204. Also, visit the Town
Center project Web site at www.ci.mor
risville.nc.us/planning/Towncen ter.asp or contact the Morrisville
Planning Department at 463-6200.
Learn more about Morrisville’s Downtown Redevelopment
The Town of Morrisville is preparing for a major redesign of its
own area. Currently, the Planning
Department is working with the Department of Parks and Recreation
to preserve important cultural and natural resources of the
series of natural greenway designs are being developed, as well as,
historical and architectural survey. Central North Carolina
Historic Preservation has been helping the town with their
and their assessment of preservation concerns.
The CNCHP is recommending to the town 1) establish a city
battlefield park on property behind town hall. The area was held by
Confederate soldiers during the April 13, 1865 and then occupied
by Union soldiers until the end of the war. The area would have a
nature trail and demonstration area for living history programs. 2)
install historic signage along the proposed Indian Branch
But we need your help! Only
a show of support from
the community this last remaining piece of the battle not
yet destroyed. Sign the virtual petition by sending us email! Your comments
will be presented directly to the town!
Or come and
support in person. Morrisville History and
Cultural Resources Assessment report. January 25, 2006,
Town Hall, 7 p.m.
Carpenter, North Carolina. The body of William M. Carpenter was
accidentally discovered during a road widening project in 2002.
members of Carpenters family were among the 75 people who
the Wake County cemetery where he was reburied. Carpenter, who
1917 at the age of 75, served in the Civil War as part of Company H,
North Carolina Troops raised in Wake Forest. State transportation
workers uncovered his remains, which included his sword and a
during a project on N.C. 55 on August 5.
Wake County is the fastest growing county in North Carolina and a
their own success. The virtual explosion of population the Research
has experienced in the past decade has out-paced preservation
1980 and 2000 the population of doubled and 2,500 new
covering more than 100,000 acres of land. From 1990 to 2000,
the highest population percent increase, 414.2% in Wake County.
show the population Morrisville leading the state Between with a
according to census bureau estimates of city and town populations.
Within the past year two recent subdivisions have destroyed 50-60%
remaining undisturbed portion of the battlefield in Morrisville.
Federal gunners targeted these heights which were
controlled by Confederates during the 1865 battle. After the
cavalry dug rifle pits in this area to form a protective ring around
In the near future
Carolina plans to construct a light rail system that is supposed to
reduce highway traffic. One of the new light rail stations will be
constructed in Morrisville. The rail line will run close to Page-Ferrell house which was part of
and the site of the 1861 muster for the Morrisville Grays.
Massey's Chapel Methodist
organized in 1855 and now faces destruction or relocation! Click here to read up on the status of this antebellum
The town of
Morrisville's first annual historic festival took place on May 5th,
festival entitled, Morrisville: Then and Now "Keeping
Alive", was a great success. Civil War reenactors,
vendors, and speakers all came together to give residents of the
great day of educational activities. Next year the festival is planned
April 13 which is the same date as the 1865 battle. Also the town
celebrate 150 year anniversary.
Click for photos of the 2001
For more information about next year's festival , contact the Morrisville Parks and Rec
Morrisville Station Marker
On April 15, 2000, the "Morrisville Depot" historic marker was
town hall. 135 years from the
day Federal soldiers occupied Morrisville, a crowd of over 75 people
the rainy unveiling ceremony.
Mayor Gordon Cromwell and the town commissioners were on hand
and to memorialize
former town commissioner, C.T. Moore, for whose memory the
dedicated. A private citizen,
Mike Connell, donated funds for the marker in his honor. The town
Morrisville also allotted funds for
another historic marker to the pre-Civil War free African-American
December 19 1999 - News and Observer,
June 10, 1999 News and Observer, Raleigh,
June 17, 1999 News and Observer,
For more information, please email Ernest Dollar
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