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Your Home on the National Register?

Thomas Drugs, c. 1915, Cross Plains, TN

There are almost 98,000 properties, including many private homes, that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The register is administered by the National Park Service and was established in 1966 under the National Historic Preservation Act. The properties that are included have been deemed worthy of preservation due to their historical, architectural, or cultural significance.

There is at least one place listed in the register for almost every county in the entire United States. Register properties include “homes where significant people lived, historic districts within cities, examples of architecture, engineering, and culture”districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture”.

By placing a historic home on the register, the owner may establish eligibility for federal and state tax incentives as well as preservation grants. A common misconception is that being on the national register restricts what you can do with your property. This is only the case if you have received federal incentives which includes such restrictions.

Want to find out more? The National Park Service has more info online.