In 1999, Burgaw’s downtown area and some surrounding neighborhoods were named to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture.
The listing of a property in the National Register places no obligation or restriction on a private owner using private resources to maintain or alter the property. Over the years, various federal incentives have been introduced to assist private preservation initiatives. A private owner of a National Register property becomes obligated to follow federal preservation standards only if federal funding or licensing is used in work on the property or if the owner seeks and recovers a special benefit that derives from National Register designation, such as a grant or a tax credit.
National Register listing means the following:
- Consideration and protection in public planning, such as highway construction and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects, and
- Incentives for the preservation of National Register Properties, such as tax benefits and grants and loans.
For more information, visit the NC State Historic Preservation Office’s National Register of Historic Places webpage at http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nrhome.htm.