Main Street

Downtown Elkin and the NC Main Street Program

 Elkin NC Main St

Main Street America Program

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Elkin is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.


Since 1980, the North Carolina Main Street Center has traditionally selected communities every two years to participate in the Main Street Program.  Elkin applied and was selected as a North Carolina Main Street City in April of 1998, along with Monroe, Oxford and Sparta.

In March 1999, the Elkin Town Board appointed the Elkin Main Street Program Committee (Main Street Advisory Board, or MSAB).  This board works with other groups (such Downtown Elkin, Inc., Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, and local civic organizations and businesses) to promote and expand downtown events and tourism. 

The North Carolina Main Street Program is a part of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. This human and reference center works to stimulate comprehensive revitalization utilizing the four-point approach.  The four elements are: organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. The Main Street Program is designed to improve all aspects of downtown, producing both tangible and intangible benefits.

The NC Main Street Conference is held every March, and anyone is welcome to attend. If you are interseted in attending, this year it will be held in Salisbury, NC.  Sign up here

 MS community logo     Elkin is proud to be a designated & accredited North Carolina Main Street community.                         

The Elkin Main Street Advisory Board, in collaboration with the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center, is charged with the administration and coordination of the Main Street program at the local level. 

Other regional partners our Main Street Advisory Board has worked with  include:

  • North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund (NCTTFC)  
  • Appalachian Regional Council  (ARC)
  • Piedmont Triad Regional Council
  • The Rural Center
  • Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Surry Telephone
  • Duke Energy

Resources available to learn more about your historic property in Elkin:

SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office for North Carolina)
Here is a video showing how to use their website and how to understand your historic property and its story.

Historic Register listing for Surry Properties
For information on Downtown Elkin's historic register listing individual properties in downtown and in the Gwyn Avenue - Bridge Street historic district, please contact Laura Gaylord, Main Street & Community Manager at 

Digital Library for Surry County (referencing Elkin)

Mailing Address

Post Office Box 857 Elkin, North Carolina 28621

Street Address

226 North Bridge Street Elkin, North Carolina 28621