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Trades Fair Spotlights Historic Restoration

Adrienne Copland, a student in Edgecombe Community College’s Historic Preservation program, showed visitors how to reglaze historic windows during the Preservation Trades Fair held April 28 on the Tarboro campus.

Visitors from the Triangle eastward learned about the restoration of historic structures during the Preservation Trades Fair at Edgecombe Community College on Saturday, April 28.

Experts from Eastern North Carolina led demonstrations on various preservation-related topics and building trades, including roofing, window repair, and historic carpentry.

Presenters included:

Several ECC Historic Preservation students also led demonstrations, including Adrienne Copland, window reglazing; Amber Perry, wood shingle roofing; and Jacob Gore, historic paint. Instructor Chris Jones showed guests how to repair windows. He also showcased a display of old tools.

The Preservation Trades Fair was held on the Tarboro campus at the Norfleet House, a 200-year-old home that has been a working classroom since it was moved to campus in 2009. Craftsmen and Historic Preservation students restored the house.

Chris Jones, Historic Preservation instructor, showcased a display of old tools inside the Norfleet House at the Preservation Trades Fair.

In 2009, Edgecombe Community College began its Historic Preservation program, the first of its kind in North Carolina. It includes certificate, diploma, and degree programs, as well as popular weekend continuing education classes.

“Our Historic Preservation program has been well received by the public and the preservation industry,” observes Monika Fleming, Historic Preservation program coordinator. “We are very proud that all of our graduates have found jobs in the field.”

Continuing education classes scheduled in June and July include several genealogy classes and classes on cemetery research and how to conduct a house history.

For more information on ECC’s Historic Preservation program and classes, please contact Monika Fleming at 823-5166, ext. 241, or

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