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National Historic District Status

Listing on the National Register honors a historic place by recognizing its significance to its community, State or the Nation and contributes to preserving historic properties in a number of ways, including:

  • Consideration in the planning for Federal or federally assisted projects.
  • Eligibility for Federal tax benefits. 
  • Qualification for Federal assistance for historic preservation, when funds are available.

Under Federal law, owners of private property listed in the National Register are free to maintain, manage, or dispose of their property as they choose provided that there is no Federal involvement. Owners have no obligation to open their properties to the public, to restore them or even to maintain them, if they choose not to do so.

NASH has sought to secure Silvermine’s place on the National Register of Historic Places by compiling research on significant properties and districts. We have also raised funds and hired professional consultants to write eligibility and nomination applications. As a result, The Perry Avenue Bridge over the Silvermine River was listed in 2006 and Silvermine Center – including some 75 individual properties – was listed as a National Historic District in 2009!  While the Perry Avenue application for National Historic District status was denied in 2009, the Verneur Pratt National Historic District application, which includes two private homes, was approved.  The application for the Silvermine Avenue National Historic District application, with approximately 50 properties, is pending.

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