Ghost Sign Preservation and Restoration Project
A ghost sign is old, faded, hand-painted advertising signage remaining on a building for an extended period of time. The signage may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner.
Many ghost signs still visible around Randolph County are from the 1890s to 1960s. Such signs were most commonly used in the decades before the Great Depression.
The painters of the signs were called “wall dogs.” As signage advertising formats changed, less durable signs appeared in the later 20th century, and ghost signs from that era are less common.
Randolph County Historic Preservation is investigating ways to preserve and even restore the remaining ghost signs of our county.