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Historic Preservation Program Adds Courses


Jack Peet, a master mason at Colonial Williamsburg, will teach Intro to Historic Masonry on April 2-3 at Edgecombe Community College.

The Historic Preservation Trades Program at Edgecombe Community College will host a one-day trades school and offer new courses this spring.

The popular program in Historic Preservation will host its third annual Preservation Trades School on Saturday, April 30, at Oak Grove Farm in Tarboro. Skilled craftsmen from across the southeast will lead demonstrations in masonry, window repair, plaster repair, blacksmithing, woodwork, painting, roofing repair, and related trades.

Several new courses have been added to the program, while others are repeats of popular classes. All of the courses are taught on the Tarboro campus.

The first new course is American Furniture-A Primer, set for Monday, January 31. Furniture restorationist Joe Wilkinson of Spring Hope will teach this one-day course. Coauthor of "Guide to Buying and Collecting Early American Furniture" with Emyl Jenkins, Wilkinson is an expert in colonial furniture.

He will focus on the various styles used in early America, how to identify originals from reproductions, and furniture repair.

The second new course is Religious Architecture and History, a one-day class set for Saturday, February 12. Sarah Peveler from Sacred Places will lead the overview of various types of architecture used for religious buildings.

Another new course will focus on wood flooring and the installation and repair of hardwood floors. Benjamin Curran, ECC’s new Historic Preservation instructor, will teach a two-day class on April 9-10. Students will study the types of wood flooring used in historic buildings, the types of flooring used today, and the proper methods for repairing historic floors.

On May 21-22, a new class will be offered on Window Sash Restoration. Previously, window repair classes have focused on repairing and reglazing historic windows and repairing the ropes and weights of double hung windows. This course will focus on rebuilding window frames and sashes with an emphasis on carpentry.

Also, classes on metal roof repair and 19th-century farm buildings are planned. Dates will be announced soon.

Students can earn a certificate in Historic Preservation by completing 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Senior citizens 65 and older can take one course free per semester.

A complete list of spring courses follows:
Southern Architecture and Building Styles - Jan. 22-23 & Jan. 29-30
American Furniture-A Primer - Jan. 31
Religious Architecture and History - Feb. 12
Researching Historic Property - Feb. 13
Carpentry-Wood Siding - Feb. 19-20
Timberframing - Feb. 26-27 & March 5-6
Intro to Blacksmithing - March 19
Cemetery Preservation - March 25-26
Intro to Historic Masonry - April 2 & 3
Carpentry-Wood Flooring - April 9-10
Historic Masonry Repair - May 21-22
Window Sash Restoration - May 21-22

This project received support from the Golden LEAF Foundation. For more information, contact Monika Fleming at 823-5166, ext. 241, or