Historic Preservation

BRCO’s Historic Preservation Committee has done more to collect, record, and make available the rich oral and documented history of its locale than perhaps any other community organization in the region. In addition, the committee’s documentation has extended to other areas of Haywood County, thereby creating a more comprehensive understanding of Bethel and Haywood County history.  

The Historic Preservation Committee produced seven historic tours involving hundreds of visitors and volunteers, created two DVDs and a CD, collected sixteen art prints of historic sites in Bethel that have been featured in four artist venues, produced six books, edited and republished another book, established a local historic signage program with four markers erected , saved a historic tree with seedlings and a historic bridge, created a Pigeon Valley Award for Historic Preservation which has honored four local citizens, supervised a Girl Scout Gold Award, supervised an Eagle Scout Award, been responsible for a National Register of Historic Places designation, and facilitated a Gertrude S. Carraway Award for historic restoration from Preservation NC. The organization has received three state history awards from the NC Society of Historians, become a site on the Haywood County Quilt Trail, selected as a site on Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Heritage Trail, and received the prestigious Mountain Heritage Award from Western Carolina University.

Truss Bridge #79
Inman Chapel
Pigeon Gap Watering Hole
Osborne Boundry Oak Tree