The town of Mount Holly, in North Carolina, is engaged in an effort to gain national recognition for part of its historic downtown area. This would gain not only national recognition, but also economic incentives. The Mount Holly Community Development Foundation is planning to submit a formal nomination to have about 19 buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
“Buildings on South Main Street from Central Avenue to Catawba Street and a stretch along West Central Avenue will be photographed and researched as part of the process. The state Historic Preservation Office found potential with 19 buildings that could make them candidates for joining a list of national places of historic significance.”
The town of Mount Holly would benefit from the historic label, which would encourage tourism and investment since property owners get tax credits for keeping historical characteristics when they renovate the buildings.
The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation’s official list of cultural resources deserving of preservation. Under the National Preservation Act of 1966, it is part of public and private organizations who aspire to protect our historical and archaeological resources.
Administered by the National Park Service, The National Register of Historic places is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Districts, sites, buildings, structures, architecture, archeology, engineering, culture, and objects that are significant in American history, are listed in the Register.
If you’d like to read the more detailed article written by Amanda Memrick in the Gaston Gazette click on the following link: http://www.gastongazette.com/news/town-52572-hopes-holly.html
To learn more about the National Register of Historic Places the following link will take you to the site: http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/