We Have Our Winners!

Thanks to the support of the Tryon Palace Foundation and ASAP Photo, as well as hours of time and talent from the field of contestants and especially from our five judges, the 2020 Historic Homes Photo Contest was an unqualified success.


The most crowded field was the Exterior Shot field, with scores of entries. The decision took much deliberation. First Place was won by Zachary Stellfox, with his photo of the architectural detail of the Elks Building at the corner of Pollock and Middle Streets. Second Place went to Jay Price for his treatment of the Tryon Palace Stable, and Third/Honorable Mention went to Sharon Brunson for her shot of the Christ Church steeple against the sky.


The Interior category entries were also the subjects of hot debate as well since all of them were very high quality. First Place went to the interior shot with fireplace by William Wilson from his home at 605 Pollock, also known as the Bryan House. Second Place for Interior category went to Zachary Stellfox for his photo taken in the Lucretia Hudson House at 417 Metcalf Street. Third Place again went to William Wilson, for his interior shot of the stairway at the Bryan House.

For more information on these photos and the exciting Youth Photographer winners, click here.

Made Possible By:

First Place


Elks Building at

Middle and Pollock

Zachary Stellfox

First Place


The Bryan House


William and Elinor Wilson

First Place



Tryon Palace Gates

Emily Hall (5 years old)

Work Continuing Apace on King Solomon's Lodge #1

Windows, Siding, and Cinder Block Sheathing Are in Process

Removing foundation sheathing block

Work on the exterior of King Solomon's Lodge #1 is continuing at a brisk pace throughout the Covid-19 crisis. Restored windows are in their final phases. This week we're starting on the cinder block sheathing. 

Here you see finish carpenters Herb and Barry of Camden Woodworking pitching in to remove a corner block of the cladding that covers up the original brick of the foundation.  

The initial phase of the project stabilizes and restores the exterior. A new standing-seam tin roof is now installed, the cupola restored, and windows and siding are in process. This part of the project includes siding repair, reconstruction of window frames and sashes, and removal of this cinder block sheathing around the brick foundation. 

There's a slide show of the ongoing work on this project at the bottom of the King Solomon's Lodge #1 page on this site.

The restoration 0f this important nineteenth century building is a partnership project between leadership of King Solomon’s Lodge #1 and the New Bern Preservation Foundation. The work will restore the Lodge meeting place originally known as Drayton’s Hall. 

​A fire in 2005 caused extensive smoke and water damage to the structure.  The structure was not flooded during Hurricane Florence, but the storm certainly highlighted the urgent need to do external repairs to keep out wind and rain.

We're thrilled with the support our community has shown this project.
Every penny you send in marked KSL #1 goes directly to pay the professionals working to restore this historic structure.
We're employing craftsmen and saving an important community structure with your help. Thank you!

To make a donation, click the yellow button.

For more information, click the teal strip.

The physical office is closed except by appointment, but we are open for business.
Phone and emails are being answered during normal office hours (Mon - Thurs 10 to 2), and we are keeping things running smoothly here at the New Bern Preservation Foundation.

Although our office will be closed for the most part, our meetings will be held via teleconference and our projects are still in process as planned, except for the May River Homes Tour, which has been cancelled and not rescheduled at this time.


All best wishes to you and yours during this trying time. Please call us if you need office access, and during office hours we'll be able to meet you within 15 minutes.


Thank you for your patience.

The New Bern Preservation Foundation,Inc.,  510-B Pollock Street, P.O. Box 207, New Bern, NC 28563

Phone (252)633-6448        General email:       Copyright 2015-2020

An aerial view of a portion of downtown New Bern, NC