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Tuesday March 28th

Town Talk

Historic Plaque Program honors Ben Williams House at Carrboro Board of Aldermen meeting

The Carrboro Historic Plaque Program presented its ninth plaque to the Ben Williams House at 307 Oak Avenue at the Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night.

The program provides ornate plaques to be displayed on houses to recognize their age and historical significance. 

Tom Wiltberger, who started the program, presented the plaque to Celia Pierce, a descendent of Ben Williams who now lives in the house. She thanked her husband for allowing her to stay in the house and keep the legacy alive.

The Ben Williams House was built for investment purposes and housed many mill workers over the years. 

Williams was known for being a beekeeper and he was active in civic activities in Carrboro. 

Applications are available to the public for this program.

To be eligible for a plaque, the building must be over 75 years old, located in Carrboro, retain its original character, be in a good state of preservation and contribute to the historical or architectural nature of the neighborhood.


The Carrboro Bicycle Coalition was honored for winning the Diversity Award from UNC.


“I always tell people that although they are enlightened, they are not illuminated,” Heidy Perry from the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, about providing cyclists with lights for their bikes to make night travel safer.

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