The much-awaited Franklin County architectural history book has been published and is ready for purchase, just in time for Christmas.
The books are $60 and feature more than 400 photos and list 800 properties of interest throughout the county.
There will be a special book release party at the Louisburg Senior Center, 279 S. Bickett Blvd., on Monday, Dec. 4 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Books will be on sale at the event, and also will be available for sale at the various library branches in the county, said WIZS’s own Bill Harris, who also serves as chair of the Franklin County Historical Preservation Commission.
The book is the result of a comprehensive survey conducted before the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, which slowed the process of completing the book.
The previous survey undertaken by the state preservation office was completed in the 1970’s, but didn’t result in a book, he said.
Now, half a century later, this most recent survey includes properties that would not have been considered historically significant back in the 1970’s, Harris explained.
There also was an effort to focus on the southern part of Louisburg, which had not been thoroughly considered in the previous survey, he noted.
The book’s main editor is J. Daniel Pizzone, but there were numerous others who contributed to the completion of the book, Harris said. It was published in Oxford by BW&A Books.
Copies of the book are available now at the following locations: