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.

Worksh 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, 2006

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 or 463-6204. Also, visit the Town Center project Web site at ter.asp or contact the Morrisville Planning Department at 463-6200.

Learn more about Morrisville’s Downtown Redevelopment plan. The Town of Morrisville is preparing for a major redesign of its downt own area. Currently, the Planning Department is working with the Department of Parks and Recreation to preserve important cultural and natural resources of the community. A series of natural greenway designs are being developed, as well as, a historical and architectural survey. Central North Carolina Historic Preservation has been helping the town with their research 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 greenway.

But we need your help!
Only with 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 show your support in person. Morrisville History and Cultural Resources Assessment report. January 25, 2006, Morrisville Town Hall, 7 p.m.

Carpenter, North Carolina. The body of William M. Carpenter was accidentally discovered during a road widening project in 2002. Several members of Carpenters family were among the 75 people who gathered at the Wake County cemetery where he was reburied. Carpenter, who died in 1917 at the age of 75, served in the Civil War as part of Company H, 47th North Carolina Troops raised in Wake Forest. State transportation workers uncovered his remains, which included his sword and a snuff box during a project on N.C. 55 on August 5.
Wake County is the fastest growing county in North Carolina and a victim of their own success. The virtual explosion of population the Research Triangle has experienced in the past decade has out-paced preservation planning. Between 1980 and 2000 the population of doubled and 2,500 new subdivisions were created covering more than 100,000 acres of land. From 1990 to 2000, Morrisville had the highest population percent increase, 414.2% in Wake County. Recent statistics show the population Morrisville leading the state Between with a 14.65 percent, according to census bureau estimates of city and town populations.

Within the past year two recent subdivisions have destroyed 50-60% of the remaining undisturbed portion of the battlefield in Morrisville.
Federal gunners targeted these heights which were controlled by Confederates during the 1865 battle. After the skirmish Federal cavalry dug rifle pits in this area to form a protective ring around the village.

In the near future North 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 the battle and the site of the 1861 muster for the Morrisville Grays.
Massey's Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1855 and now faces destruction or relocation! Click here to read up on the status of this antebellum house of worship.

May 5th, 2001
The town of Morrisville's first annual historic festival took place on May 5th, 2001. The festival entitled, Morrisville: Then and Now "Keeping History Alive", was a great success. Civil War reenactors, craftspeople, food vendors, and speakers all came together to give residents of the community a great day of educational activities. Next year the festival is planned for April 13 which is the same date as the 1865 battle. Also the town will celebrate 150 year anniversary.
Click for photos of the 2001 Morrisville festival.
For more information about next year's festival , contact the Morrisville Parks and Rec Department - 469- 9760

Morrisville Station Marker Unveiled
On April 15, 2000, the "Morrisville Depot" historic marker was dedicated at town hall. 135 years from the day Federal soldiers occupied Morrisville, a crowd of over 75 people attended the rainy unveiling ceremony. Mayor Gordon Cromwell and the town commissioners were on hand for the ceremony and to memorialize former town commissioner, C.T. Moore, for whose memory the marker was dedicated. A private citizen, Mike Connell, donated funds for the marker in his honor. The town of Morrisville also allotted funds for another historic marker to the pre-Civil War free African-American community in Morrisville.

December 19 1999 - News and Observer, Raleigh, NC

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For more information, please email Ernest Dollar

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