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Pathways in History

In the late 1800s, over 5,000 factories across America made bricks to create streets and sidewalks of a growing nation. The textured patterns, which provided firm footing for horses and pedestrians, became part of the landscape of many cities and small towns as they lined the streets, colleges, and squares where people lived. Still preserved and treasured, the distinctive designs have become important elements of the landscape of American history. 

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Since 1980, North Carolina administered the National Main Street Center’s Main Street America™ program to revitalize downtown commercial districts throughout the state.  

In partnership with local municipalities and nonprofits, the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center works in regions, counties, cities, towns, and downtown districts to enhance community identity and grow economic development.  The Center assists Main Street communities in building asset-based economic development strategies that achieve measurable results such as investment, business growth and jobs.

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The Historic Brick Collection, with jewelry depicting the 19th century bricks, represents the historic preservation ethic that inspires Main Street programs in North Carolina and across the country.  To wear a piece from this line shows support of the mission and serves as a conversation starter about why these programs are valuable.   


The distinctive brick designs are cherished links to the past in the communities where they are found.  For this reason NC Main Street chose the brick logo to represent their mission to enhance community identity and grow economic development.

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