Projects Timeline

Historic Preservation Committee's Yearly Projects


Produced the Cold Mountain Heritage Tour in Bethel, Canton, Clyde, and Waynesville for seven years

  • In 2008 the tour was affliated with the celebration of Haywood County's Bicentennial.
  • In 2009 the tour was conntected with the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • In 2010 the tour was associated with the Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th Anniversary.


Evelyn Coltman wrote/edited six volumes of Bethel/Haywood County history to accompany the Cold Mountain Heritage tours: Legends, Tales, and History of Cold Mountain.


Collaborated with Preservation NC to evaluate preservation of twenty-two historic sites in Bethel


NCDOT/BRCO initiated community meetings over a several year span to discuss the future of Truss Bridge #79, North Carolina’s oldest metal truss bridge.


  • Created Walking in the Footsteps of Those Who Came Before Us DVD
  • Preprinted Cheryl Inman Haney's 1992 eighth grade class book, Pigeon Valley, with a new Table of Contents - Proceeds went to Bethel Middle School Library.


  • Nominated in 2009/received in 2010 - Tanna Timbes and Francis Mill Preservation Society for Preservation NC’s Gertrude S. Carraway Award for historic restoration
  • Supervised Girl Scout Gold Award project by Allison Cathey to document all gravesites in the 1854 Bethel Cemetery
  • Participated in Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Heritage Plan for the western region of NC
  • Preservation NC had previously (2006) conducted a twenty-two site survey of historic sites in Bethel - The 2009 analysis focused on four sites worthy of historic restoration.
  • Awarded grants to Francis Mill Preservation Society for its fourth grade history project - awarded Inman Chapel funds for its handicapped ramp - awarded Cathey House funds for a history library


  • Collaborated with WNC Cultural Resources Department to evaluate four potential National Register of Historic Places nominees
  • Collaborated with WNC Cultural Resources Department and another preservation specialist from Colonial Williamsburg concerning the architecture/furnishings of the Civil War era Kinsland House
  • Evelyn Coltman, BRCO’s Historic Preservation Committee chair, received the Barringer Award of Excellence for Legends, Tales & History of Cold Mountain, Books 1 – 6 from the N C Society of Historians.
  • Spearheaded community-wide effort to save the historic Osborne Boundary Oak tree


  • Produced the Cold Mountain Heritage Driving Tour CD
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Area awarded BRCO a grant to oversee nomination of Francis Mill for the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Developed a local historic marker program that features significant historic sites in Bethel that do not meet state marker criteria - BRCO placed its first marker at Osborne Boundary Oak.
  • Supplied supporting documentation to Cheryl Inman Haney’s submittal for a state historic marker at Inman Chapel - The marker was dedicated during the Cold Mountain Heritage Tour with author of Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier, as a featured speaker.
  • Downtown Waynesville Association/Blue Ridge Books/Appalachian Lifestyles Festival recognized, with a “Meet the Author” booth, Legends, Tales & History of Cold Mountain, Books 1 – 6 and the Walking in the Footsteps DVD.


  • The NC Society of Historians awarded Walking in the Footsteps of Those who Came Before Us DVD, Historic Preservation Committee members, and the videographer with the Paul Green Multi-Media Award.
  • Selected three artists to render paintings of historic sites in Bethel: Bethel Presbyterian Church exterior by Nick De Paolo, Bethel Presbyterian Church interior by Gary Woollard, and Lenoir’s Creek Farm by Janice Swanger
  • Installed the second local historic marker at the 1885 Bethel Presbyterian Church, the mother Presbyterian Church in Haywood County that was formed in 1834