When Oakwood was initially developed in the post-Civil War years, it was considered to be way out of town. Today the area is in the heart of downtown Raleigh, and many of the Victorian-style homes appear much as they did back when they were constructed.
Another distinct characteristic you’ll find in Historic Oakwood is the true sense of pride and community among residents. The tree lined streets and attention to keeping their homes meticulous and with a beautiful, exterior presentation! The Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood was formed in 1972, which drove neighborhood revitalization and madeHistoric Oakwood one of Raleigh’s major tourist attractions! It is a wonderful reminder of Southern, urban life during the 19th and early 20th centuries, but is also a vital modern community!
Historic Oakwood became Raleigh’s first designated historic district in 1974, and was the first to be listed in the National Register. In addition to the homes, there is also a Confederate cemetery with some interesting headstones. The North Carolina Museum of History is a good source for more information on Historic Oakwood.
Walking tour maps are available at the Raleigh Capital Area Visitor Services, located in the lobby of the North Carolina Museum of History at 5 E. Edenton St. For further information visit the neighborhood’s website, which includes information on the Annual Garden Tour and December’s Candlelight Tour. Oakwood Cemetery (www.historicoakwood.com) is open to visitors daily, from 8:00am to 5:00pm in the winter, and until 6:00pm the rest of the year.
Historic Oakwood Facts:
- Raleigh’s premier, historic district!
- Also a major tourist attraction.
- Homes built from 1875-2005
- Price range = $250,000-$750,000+
- Close to Seaboard Station & Peace Collage
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