Many Hope buildings and structures will soon have historic markers under a project from Main Street of Hope.

Susan Thayer-Fye director of the downtown organization says that the goal is to purchase 65 signs for the historic places in town. 

"They are not all on the square," Thayer-Fye said. "We are doing every building on the square and then we are doing buildings outside the square that are historically significant or that tell an important story about the town of Hope. This is like writing a book, it really is." 

She said that the Moravian Church alone counts for 6 of those locations.

"They originally settled the town and it was a big deal," she said. "But I wasn't sure how they would respond but they were very supportive. They are going to allow us to put up signs for when it was started on, on what I would call holy ground.

"We are going to put up a sign on God's Acre, the Moravian cemetery, to note, when people come visit, 'When was the first grave here?' And that is a big part of the story of the town."

She said all of the signs will be marked with the name and date of the buildings. Many of the signs will have to be "circa" on the date, as not all town records are precise. 

"We don't have the exact date of construction of every building and there is some controversy about some of the buildings," she said. "You look in the history and it is not clear."

Each cast-metal sign will be oval, with historic gold and bronze colors and there will be room for a mail hack illustration. The cost will be about $75 each 

"They are heavy duty and they are distinctive, so when you walk or drive around town, you will go 'Oh, there is another one. Let's go look. I didn't know that building was built in 1872,'" Thayer-Fye said. 

She said she is in the process of getting final permission from the property owners to place the signs and hope to have them all installed by Heritage Days this September.

The signs will offer little information outside of the name and date, leaving much of the details of the history and uses of the buildings for a long-term project of the Yellow Trail Museum and Visitors Center -- creating a self-guided historic walking tour of the town available online through apps and a website. There will be three separate tours, Thayer-Fye said.

"I love that," she said. "These are tours that the school kids can use for field trips. They can do them on days when the museum isn't even open. People can come to town on a Sunday when nothing is open... download a phone app on the square and do probably two hours of tours on the history of Hope without even talking to anyone."

There will also be brochures handed out at the Yellow Trial