COMMUNITY CHARACTER
Although Lewisville incorporated in 1991, it has functioned as a community longer than most residents can remember. A small town, steeped in rich history, Lewisville’s roots date back to the mid 1700s when men the likes of Daniel Boone migrated from Pennsylvania to this area’s Bryan Settlement, finally settling in the Yadkin Valley and blazing the famous “Wilderness Road” to Kentucky. In 1753, the Moravians came to Salem and in 1754, completed this area’s portion of the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road which ran from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Because of this area’s fertile land and abundant game, early pioneers used this vicinity as a stopover or rest area before crossing the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin River. Other pioneers settled in the area and homes of many original settlers are still standing and inhabited by direct descendants.
In the 19th century, this area was settled by Lewis Case Laugenour. In 1857, after returning from California, Mr. Laugenour acquired land and in 1860 completed building the brick house which still stands today on Shallowford Road. In addition, he also sold property to Lewisville Baptist Church, Lewisville United Methodist Church and New Hope A. M. E. Zion Church at very reasonable prices. Because of his generosity, he was honored by having the town named after him. During this era, a number of small businesses flourished; however, the area remained mostly rural and residential.
This plan continues to recommend identifying and preserving significant symbols of this heritage. A 1979 Forsyth County inventory included historic homes and other  buildings in Lewisville. Most of these houses and churches were constructed in the mid to late 1800s. The Roller Mill was the only commercial structure documented. There are also a number of significant sites in need of protection which do not have a standing structure. In 2010, the Forsyth County Historic Commission updated the information.
Open space preservation and design guidelines are in place to continue to maintain the town’s pastoral, small town character.
Local Historian’s List of Significant Sites & Historic Roads in and around Lewisville
   Site of Conrad’s Ferry           c. 1804
   “River John” Conrad house (River View)       1804
   Alexander Conrad, Sr. house site      c. 1850
   Max Conrad House            c. 1900
   Ruins of Frederick Miller house
   Frederick Millers’s Mill site             1798
   Eugene Conrad mill                    1856
   Kirby-Stimson house site         c. 1800
   Davenport Church Mill Chase
   New Hope AME Zion Church      founded 1883
   Anne Ogburn house / Sunny Acres site
   Spaugh-Kiger House            c. 1900
   Laugenour and Nissen Sawmill site      c. 1860
   Lewisville Academy site
   Lewisville Baptist Church         founded 1881
   Site of Indian Tree (cut down in 1964)
   Lewisville Brick            1935-1940
   Lewisville Tavern site
   Indian Spring
   “Old Dutch Meeting House” site      founded 1774
   “Old Dutch Meeting House” Cemetery
   Potts-Slater house
Source:   Kyle Stimson, Lewisville Resident
See Historic Properties in Appendix and Map 4 for Lewisville Historic Markers
 
Vision
Lewisville in the year 2035 will remain a pedestrian friendly town. We will continue to encourage the completion of the Great Wagon Road and the further development of unique commercial ventures in downtown in a thoughtful and historically respectful manner while preserving Lewisville’s, small town character for future generations. The town will promote well designed development and redevelopment that creates a pleasing, healthy, livable and sustainable community. Lewisville will continue to maintain its pastoral, small town feeling throughout the 21st century.
Implementation Program
 
Recommended Action
Action Steps
Responsible Agency
Time Frame
C1 - Continue to encourage the designation of local landmarks under the Forsyth Historic Properties Commission.
* Identify sites.
* Assist property owners.
Historical Properties Commission (HPC)
Lewisville Historical Society (LHS)
Ongoing
C2 - Educate the public on historic resources and protection mechanisms including tax credit opportunities for historic buildings.
* Develop brochures, videos, etc.
HPC
LHS
 
Ongoing
C3 - Identify threatened properties.
* List funding sources.
* Work with property owners.
* Explore methods for preserving historical properties.
HPC
LHS
Ongoing
C4 - Identify historic properties that may be suited for adaptive reuse.
* List suitable properties.
* Develop incentives.
* Produce listing.
LHS
HPC
PB
Staff
Ongoing
C5 - Identify significant sites that do not have standing structures.
* List sites.
* “Plaque” sites.
LHS
PB
TC
Ongoing
C6 - Identify sites eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
* List sites.
* Work with property owners.
* Work with National Register.
LHS
HPC
 
Ongoing
C7 - Consider acquisition of key sites.
* List sites.
* Conduct property assessment.
* Secure funding sources.
LHS
Ongoing
C8 - Continue a “plaquing” program initiated by the Lewisville Historical Society to mark historically significant sites and structures (within Lewisville town limits).
* Select sites.
* Determine cost/financing.
* Seek funding.
* Approval/implementation.
LHS
HPC
TC
Ongoing
C9 - Encourage the repair and reuse of historic properties and landmarks.
* Promote the adaptive reuse of existing and historic properties (See Downtown Guidelines)
* Encourage the owners of historic properties to keep the property maintained
LHS
Staff
 
Ongoing
C10 - Investigate developing a tourism program focusing on historic sites in Lewisville and surrounding area (e.g. the Shallow Ford, Great Wagon Road). See also Chapter 8 Citizen Engagement.
* Establish a committee to study potential.
* List historic assets.
* Determine costs/benefits.
* Adopt/run program.
LHS
TC
Ongoing
Goal - Promote design standards that enhance community appearance and maintain the town’s unique sense of place.
C11 - Identify scenic vistas and catalogue.
* List possible sites.
* Research/implement regulations, tools for protection.
* Consider land conservation of key sites.
* Work with property owners on land preservation and/or acquisition.
Various Government Agencies
TC
PB
Staff
LBC
Ongoing
C12 - Support design standards in the development of the downtown area.
* Continue to monitor, update, and enforce design regulations.
* Encourage updating and revitalization of commercial properties consistent with the UDO and appearance guidelines.
TC
PB
Staff
Ongoing
C13 - Continue to pursue appealing gateway signs, which include the town logo, at secondary points into Lewisville.
* List secondary gateways.
* Fund.
* Build and landscape.
TC
LBC
Staff
Ongoing
C14 - Use public art to enhance and beautify the town as well as create and maintain a sense of place and a vibrant living environment.
* Solicit artists to donate public art to the town for public areas.
TC
PRCD
Arts Council of W-S
LAAC
Short Term
Ongoing
C15 - Initiate roadway landscaping improvement plans.
* List corridors.
* Create design plans.
* Fund and implement.
TC
LBC
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)
Ongoing
C16 - Require landscaped entrances to residential developments. (Also see Chapter 5 Land Use for additional information.)
* Develop standards.
* Adopt standards.
* Enforce.
TC
PB
LBC
 
Ongoing
C17 - Continue to encourage landscaping in apartment complexes. (Also see Chapter 5 Land Use for additional information.)
* Find funding/donors.
* Select site.
* Advertise for volunteers.
LBC
Short Term
C18 - Support the use of native plant species for landscaping in public and private developments.
* See Chapter 3 Natural Environment.
* See “A Gardener’s Guide to Landscaping & Plants” available at Town Hall written by LBC and UDO Landscaping Standards.
LBC
Staff
Ongoing
Goal - Develop regulations to preserve and enhance Lewisville’s character: pastoral, “small town”, quiet, and residential. (See Chapter 3 Natural Environment, Chapter 5 Land Use, and Chapter 6 Transportation)
C19 - Keep natural resource protection in the forefront of planning - open space, parks, woodlands, natural resources.
* Research/implement regulations, tools for protection.
* Consider land conservation of key sites.
* Work with property owners on land preservation and/or acquisition.
Staff
Ongoing
C20 - Preserve the form and function of rural character in the town by encouraging comparatively designed residential and commercial area development.
* Develop standards.
* Update the Downtown Guidelines.
* Update the Lewisville Rural Overlay (LRO) as needed.
* Create Small Area Plans.
Staff
Ongoing
Time Frame:
Immediate = directly - without delay
Annually = once each year
Short Term = within 5 years
Long Term = within 5-10 years
Ongoing = continuous
 
Then and Now in Lewisville
The Roller Mill
The Roller Mill
The Roller Mill
Reich’s Garage
Lewisville Volunteer Fire Department
The Lewis Case Lagenour House
The George Elias Nissen House
The Phillip T. Mock Home now the site of Joanie Moser Park
Sunny Acres now the site of the Oaks Shopping Center
Lewisville Post Office
Lewisville School
The Lawrence-Fulk Home now the site of Jack Warren Park