Nearly every town in North Carolina has several
ghost signs wearing away from their historic buildings. These signs tell an important story of the
communities commercial, societal and cultural histories. Only in the last few years
have community leaders joined forces with building owners to accurately restore these
historical markers. Revitalizing these early Twentieth Century signs preserves not only
the history of the building, but of the community. It is our intention to thoroughly
research and carefully restore these keys to our past.
We were recognized by
the Historic Salisbury Foundation in March, 2005 for our efforts to restore historic ghost
signs. The foundation presented us with a Commercial Revitalization through Historic
Preservation award for our work on the restoration of the exterior "Frick" era
signs on the Salisbury Emporium building. Pictures of this project are included below.