North Hill Preservation Association Membership Drive – 2017

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Dear Friends,

We would like to start by saying “Thank you” to all of you who were members of the North Hill Preservation Association in 2016.  Your financial help and volunteer support enabled us to enhance the beauty of the District with our new street banners, order additional landmark signage for our Battlefield Sites, add safety bollards to Alabama Square Park, build and install a Little Free Library for the neighborhood, sponsor community clean-ups, food drives, toy drives, and community gathering opportunities such as Cinema on the Green, and our Spring and Fall Festivals.  North Hill is truly a neighborhood of southern charm and grace where neighbors know each other and work together to improve our community.  

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the North Hill District is one of Florida’s finest collections of remaining Victorian architecture still existing in its residential setting dating back to 1868.

We invite and encourage ALL who believe in strengthening and preserving our wonderful North Hill neighborhood to join us in 2017, and work with us to enhance, preserve, and protect North Hill – our period structures, our historic battlefield sites, our five parks, and of utmost importance, the quality of life that we enjoy in the neighborhood. 

Membership dues and donations fund our website, e-news broadcasting, newsletters, our many community gathering events that are so important to weaving and strengthening the fabric of our neighborhood, and fund the capital improvements that beautify the whole district and contribute to our property values.

We look forward to your 2017 participation in the North Hill Preservation Association.

Sincerely,

Your North Hill Board of Directors

2017 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION 
North Hill Preservation Association
Name: ________________________________________________
Other Adult Residents: ___________________________________
Address: _______________________________________________
**City, State, Zip Code: ___________________________________
{*Only if you reside outside of North Hill, Pensacola, FL 32501}
Telephone(s): __________________________________________
E-mail: _____________________ E-mail: ____________________
{Please list all e-mail addresses where you will want E-news/alerts delivered}
Enclosed is my check for:
________ $50 annual dues per household or business organization
________ $ _______ additional tax-deductible donation
________ I have financial challenges and would like to be sponsored.
Please make check payable to: NHPA, and mail to:
NHPA
P.O. Box 12451
Pensacola, FL 32591
Or, if you prefer to pay using a debit or credit card, click the “Add to Cart” button, and then select “Checkout” on our Home Page.

Cinema on the Green –

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The North Hill outdoor movie series in beautiful Alabama Square Park has become a neighborhood tradition. Our FREE family friendly movie nights are a wonderful way to enjoy an evening under the stars with your friends and neighbors. Please bring your park chairs or a beach blanket, picnic baskets, coolers, or anything else that you would enjoy to make yourself comfy. NHPA will have fresh hot popcorn, and cold bottled water. Come early to pick out a great seat and to visit with your neighbors. Everyone is Welcome!

Upcoming Movie Nights:  Our 2017 Film Season will begin in March (Dates To Be Published Soon)

All movies begin at Dusk and rain dates are held the following Sunday evening)

North Hill Neighbor Adopts Fort George Park –

Fort-GeorgeThe North Hill Preservation Association is profoundly grateful to Tag Purvis whose company, Financial Management & Investment Corporation (FMC), has adopted the Fort George Park and is performing some much needed work to the sprinkler system and landscaping to add even more beauty to this neighborhood treasure.
Tag Purvis purchased the former Knights of Columbus building on Palafox Street last year for his business that he moved from Meridian, Mississippi to Pensacola. He conducted a very extensive restoration and renovation to the Knights of Columbus which earned him the prestigious Joyce Turner Award.

Below are links to the two articles which were published about this exciting park landscaping project and our amazing & very generous neighbors.

Pensacola Pulse article
Pensacola News Journal Article

Before and After Photos of the Knights of Columbus Restoration Project by Tag Purvis which received North Hill’s Highest Honor, the Joyce Turner Award for 2016

 

Preserving Our Historic Cemeteries –

North Hill is home to a rich and diverse heritage whose resources we work to preserve and protect for future generations to enjoy. On the western edge of North Hill, between A & B Streets, lies two of Pensacola’s oldest African-American cemeteries, Magnolia Cemetery, established in 1882 from Brainerd Street north to just before Lloyd Street, and A.M.E. Zion Cemetery, established in 1886, from Gonzalez Street south to Strong Street.  In Pensacola, our historic cemeteries are open-air museums that reflect a rich cultural heritage.

In late 2013, the Pensacola Area Cemetery Team (PACT) was organized to address issues associated with Pensacola’s historic cemeteries. Professionals from the University of West Florida (UWF) Division of Anthropology and Archaeology, in addition to UWF Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), came together and have spearheaded the restoration, repair, and research into these cemeteries and today they are once again community assets that contribute to a “sense of place” for residents and visitors alike.

Special thanks to City Councilman Brian Spencer and to County Commissioner Lumon May for using some of their discretionary funds in their budgets to help finance the much needed landscape maintenance. In the near future, look for new interpretative signage with history information about the cemeteries and bike racks so that visitors can park and explore these fascinating historic cemeteries.

 

 

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PACT Cemetery Stewardship Manual

 

 

A.M.E. Zion Cemetery

A.M.E. Zion Cemetery

 

Magnolia Cemetery (Between A & B Streets, and north of W. Brainerd Streets)

Magnolia Cemetery
(Between A & B Streets, and north of W. Brainerd Streets)

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This lovely birdbath was discovered beneath layers of soil and leaves where it had fallen decades ago and been covered with earth. Volunteers cleaned and reset it to its original location.

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Cleaned and reset (you can still make out the soil line where it had settled)

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Cleaned and reset (leveled) in the ground

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Cleaned and reset in the ground (leveled)

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Dr. Stringfield showing us their latest restoration work

Dr. Stringfield, UWF Archaeology Institute, showing us their latest restoration work

 

Elly Fisher, Vice-President, North Hill Preservation Association, who led a neighborhood effort to purchase and install park benches for both cemeteries so that visitors can have a shady spot to enjoy a moment of quiet reflection.

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North Hill Partners with Enterprise Foundation to Install Park Benches –

The benches were purchased with grant money NHPA received from Enterprise Foundation to enhance the historic cemeteries on our neighborhood’s western boundary. Over the last two years, much cemetery restoration and landscape work has been completed by UWF Archaeology Institute, and the Pensacola Area Cemetery Team (PACT) to preserve and restore the Magnolia and A.M.E. Zion Cemeteries which date back to 1882. Damaged headstones are being repaired, cleaned, and reset when needed, and history has been researched to share the stories. If you haven’t toured the cemetery, take a walk by one day, you will be amazed at the transformation of this once forgotten historic site.

Special thanks to Elly Fisher for writing the grant and to Catherine Eddins & Dr. Margo Stringfield with UWF Archaeology Institute for their assistance and to Linda Wright from the Pensacola Area Cemetery Team (PACT) for her assistance selecting the benches and the site placement. Thank you to our amazing team of volunteers: Scott Fisher, Jeff Dearth, Raymond Reese, Catherine Eddins, Elly Fisher, and Melanie Nichols, who braved the heat to help mix and pour 1,800 pounds of concrete for the bases to install our new gorgeous benches. Special thanks also to Councilman Brian Spencer and County Commissioner Lumon May who have given funding out of their discretionary budgets for continued support to maintain these historic cemeteries.