Share Your Place That Matters

May 2016

May is National Preservation Month and the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is celebrating by sponsoring a photo-sharing campaign that invites area residents to share their memories and stories about places in Wake Forest that are important to them.  

“This Place Matters” encourages individuals and groups to take photos of themselves at buildings, residences, landmarks, and other structures in Wake Forest that hold special meaning and submit them by Tuesday, May 31, for posting on the town’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages. Photos of older buildings and structures are especially wanted.

To participate, visit and search “This Place Matters,” then download and print the “This Place Matters” sign. Take a digital photograph of yourself or others holding the sign in front of locations in Wake Forest that matter to you. Email your photographs along with a short explanation of why each place is meaningful to

The deadline to submit photos is Tuesday, May 31. Photographs should not exceed two MB in file size.

All photos will be compiled and displayed on the town’s website and on the town’s Facebook and Instagram pages. The HPC may also use the submissions to identify locations around town that deserve protection or special recognition.

Area residents are invited to share their photos on social media and use the hashtags #ThisPlaceMatters and #TownofWakeForest.

Wake County is also celebrating This Place Matters with the “Wake is Great” campaign. Residents who share their photos on social media can also participate in Wake County’s effort by using the hashtag #WakeisGreat.

The HPC originally sponsored “This Place Matters” in 2012. During the course of the two-month campaign, the HPC received nearly 40 submissions from area residents.

For more information about “This Place Matters,” visit and search “This Place Matters” or contact Senior Planner Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or