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Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission


The Forsyth County Historic Resource Commission (HRC) is a twelve-member citizen board created in 2002 and appointed jointly by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, the City of Winston-Salem Council, the Kernersville Board of Aldermen, and the Village of Clemmons Council. The Commission's role is to protect and enrich the County's cultural, historical, architectural, and archaeological heritage through the identification, designation, and preservation of historic resources. In addition to administering local historic districts and landmarks, the HRC is involved in various activities relating to historic resources throughout the County, such as architectural inventories, historic markers, and National Register nominations. The Commission is served by the professional planning staff of the City-County Planning Board.


The twelve member HRC consists of five appointed representatives from Forsyth County, five from the City of Winston-Salem, one from the Town of Kernersville, and one from the Village of Clemmons. Each newly appointed member serves for a term of four years, and is eligible for re-appointment. Members are sought positions that specify various types of expertise, including architecture, design, planning, surveying, history, ownership of property in historic districts or landmarks, and at-large citizens.

Currently Serving

Term Expires
Ms. Donna J Abernethy  11/30/2017
Mr. Jeff B Allen  11/30/2019
Mr. James A Davis II  12/30/2018
Mr. Chad L Gadberry  6/30/2016
Mr. Brent C Gearhart  11/30/2016
Mr. David H Hauser  11/30/2018
Mr. Carl E Leak  6/30/2017
Ms. Michelle McCullough   
Ms. Langdon E Oppermann  6/30/2018
Mr. Kevin G Owen  11/30/2017
Mr. Michael S Ryden  11/30/2019
Mr. Jeffrey W Sowers Vice-Chairman6/30/2016
Ms. Tina M Thacker  6/30/2019


The Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room, Fifth Floor, City Hall South, 100 East First Street, Winston-Salem.

Other Information

More information on the HRC and its activities is available on the
City/County Planning website, under Boards and Commissions.


District Map

District Map

District A
Everette Witherspoon - Term Expires: Dec. 2018
Walter Marshall - Term Expires: Dec. 2018
District B
Richard V. Linville - Term Expires: Dec. 2016
Don Martin - Term Expires: Dec. 2018
David R. Plyler - Term Expires: Dec. 2016
Gloria D. Whisenhunt - Term Expires: Dec. 2016
At Large
Ted Kaplan - Term Expires: Dec. 2018

Forsyth County Code

The County Code is the official record of ordinances adopted by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. By clicking on the link below, you will be able to access an online copy of the County Code.

Please note that when you click on this link, you will be leaving the Forsyth County website and entering a website owned and operated by Municipal Code Corporation, also known as “Municode.” The County Code displayed on the Municode site is updated annually and, therefore, may not contain recently approved ordinances.

View the Forsyth County Code

TV Broadcast Schedule

View our TV Broadcast on the Government Channel The Commissioner's meetings, held on Mondays, are broadcast live at 6:00 pm on WSTV 13 - The Government Channel. They are rebroadcast the following Tuesday at 9:00 AM and the following Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

The Commissioner's briefings, held on Thursdays, are broadcast live at 2:00 pm on WSTV 13 - The Government Channel. They are rebroadcast the same day at 6:00 pm.