Thursday, June 25, 2009

South Middleborough National Register Historic District

Last week, on June 19, South Middleborough was placed upon the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district. The listing is the culmination of three years of work by the local Historical Commission. South Middleborough becomes Middleborough's fourth National Register District, joining the Middleborough Water Works NR Historic District (1990), Middleborough Center NR Historic District (2000) and Muttock NR Historic and Archaeological District (2000).

"The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listing in the National Register of Historic Places provides formal recognition of a property’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance based on national standards used by every state. National Register listing places no obligations on private property owners. There are no restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property."

This short film (above) - intended as an introduction to the historical and architectural resources of the South Middleborough district - was prepared by me for the Middleborough Historical Commission as part of the work which I did in writing the district nomination. Unfortunately, the film never had an opportunity to be shown during the process, so I am now posting it here so that residents might learn more about South Middleborough and understand and appreciate the unique cultural resources which comprise the community there.

My thanks go to Betsy Friedberg, National Register Director, Massachusetts Historical Commission, and Phil Bergen, Preservation Planner, Massachusetts Historical Commission, for their invaluable assistance and support with this important project, and the many South Middleborough residents who early on expressed an interest in this work.

To learn more about the National Register of Historic Places, click here.


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