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Posted on: August 8, 2019

Council Discusses Historic Home, NCDOT Gives Property Acquisition Overview

At its Aug. 6 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council discussed the historic Norris-Holland-Hare home and reenergizing efforts on seeking someone to purchase and restore the two-century-old house for generations to come. 

The Norris-Holland-Hare House is a Federal period house built around 1805 by Needham Norris, the son of Revolutionary War veteran John Norris Jr. It served as a Union field hospital during the Civil War. 

The original portion is hall and parlor style with an enclosed staircase. Much of the original historic fabric remains intact, including windows, moldings, mantles, heart pine floors, stairs and wood-paneled walls. The brick chimneys are laid in Flemish bond with bricks said to have been kilned on the property. 

The property was occupied until 2017, is currently being studied for local landmark designation, and will be subject to an historic preservation easement and a rehabilitation agreement with Capital Area Preservation, Inc. The asking price is $60,000 for the house and two lots totaling 0.58 acres. A public bid is required. Prior to bid approval, prospective buyers must have a signed preservation easement and rehabilitation agreement with Capital Area Preservation. The high bidder prevails after clearing an additional 10 days for upset bids. 

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NCDOT Overview on Property Acquisition Process

Also at the meeting, Dennis Jernigan with the N.C. Department of Transportation provided an update on the Triangle Expressway Extension project, including information on the state’s property acquisition process. 

Farmers Market Week

Farmers Market Week in Holly Springs, Aug. 4-10, was recognized at the council meeting. The Holly Springs Farmers Market is in its 13th summer season. The market is open every Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., beside the Cultural Center.

The market began in 2007 with a handful of vendors hoping to draw residents to downtown. It has grown into a vibrant community event featuring local food, live music and kids’ activities, with an average of more than 850 customers each week.

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