At its Oct. 2 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council directed staff to stabilize the historic Norris-Holland-Hare house and to begin the process of finding a buyer who will restore and preserve it.
The town recently purchased the house on Avent Ferry Road, along with two adjacent lots, to protect it from demolition during subdivision development.
The town intends to ensure the home's preservation by placing a conservation easement on the property that requires the buyer to repair and maintain the home.
The house is a potential candidate for Local Historic Landmark designation and for a historic preservation easement. Built in the early 1800s, the two-story home was spared from destruction near the end of the Civil War by Union soldiers who occupied it.
The owner had joined the Confederate Army, leaving behind his wife and children. The story goes that she tended to wounded Union soldiers in the home, earning their comrades' regard. The home, which some call the Needham Norris house, was featured in last year’s community play "Finding Patience – the Story of Holly Springs."
Also at the Oct. 2 Town Council meeting, staff discussed plans to move the Farmers Market to Ballentine Street beside Holly Springs Cultural Center beginning in November. Benefits of the new location include:
- Improved safety for customers who no longer will need to cross Main Street to access the market
- Reduced impact to traffic along Main Street
- Access to running water for washing hands, cleaning
- Improved handicapped/senior parking
- Opportunity for more vendors in larger space
- Access to bathrooms, heating and air
In other action, the council:
- Extended the time to issue $8 million in parks and recreation bonds remaining from the 2011 referendum. The council did not issue any of the remaining bonds. It simply the extended how long it has authority to issue them.
- Approved funding for three storm drain repair projects. They include the Gable Ridge culvert replacement, Lake Edge Drive drainage improvements, and Dutch Hill storm drain repairs.
- Proclaimed October as Community Planning Month in Holly Springs. Planning staff discussed the department’s many duties, including development review, community visioning, historic preservation, mapping services, managing the town farmers market, and more.