Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2019

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2019 55 Today, a roadside sign marks the event at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on North Main Street in Warrenton, nestled close to the Virginia border and the home of nearly 1,000 within its 1.1 square miles. It is a landmark among landmarks in an historic downtown with at least some visual evidence of a resurgence. "Don't stay here long, or you'll want to live here," said Al Fleming, whose real-estate interests include downtown and who has served as a town commissioner in what is rural Warren County's seat of government. He'd get no argument from Robert Davie, who grew up in Atlanta and landed here a dozen years ago only to become its town administrator. "We're on the upswing. ere's no ques- tion," said Davie, noting an influx of renova- tion grants while sitting in his storefront conference room amid a $2.1 million make- over of Warrenton's historic town hall a cou- ple blocks away. "A lady just bought a house here, an artist from Chicago." is being a small town, Mayor Walter Gardner Jr.'s insurance agency is right next store. "We need a little slide through the wall, so we can pass notes during the day," Davie quipped. Much of the downtown is on the Nation- al Register of Historic Places, hence the un- mistakable circa 1907 facade of a popular café that was once a hardware store. e Hardware Café, as it is called, asks, "Hungry? …We can fix that." Keeping with the theme, the sandwiches here carry such names as "Nuts & Bolts" Continued on Page 58 ❱❱ PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB KARP The sanctuary of Emanuel Episcopal Church, as seen from the balcony. On the morning of April 20, 1861, a prayer service was held at sunrise as two companies, the Warren Guards and the Warren Rifles, left to enter the Confederate Army, according to a church bulletin. A plaque marks the final resting spot of Hannah Lees, who in 1822 donated the land on which Emanuel Episcopal Church was erected.

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