The appearance of downtown Elizabethtown is largely determined by the appearance of its buildings.  Because the appearance also forms the basis of the public's overall impression of the town, the upgrading and preservation of Elizabethtown's commercial buildings is crucial to the continued livelihood of the town as a whole.  Historically Elizabethtown has offered a facade grant program to property owners wishing to improve the exterior of their property.  The program is designed to maintain as well as enhance Elizabethtown's visual appeal, thus creating a comfortable and desirable place to shop, work, and be entertained.   In addition to the facade grant program, there is also a possibility for individual properties to attain certification as historic properties.  Historic property certification grants eligibility for a 20% federal tax credit and a 20% state tax credit.

The Town of Elizabethtown, NC - 1773