Main St Guilford, 1890's

Guilford;s New Historic District

Guilford Historical Society is proud to announce that the hamlet of Guilford could be the next historic district designated. The entire project takes a few years to complete with researching deeds and history of the area in general. Tom Gray, Guilford Town Historian, is currently doing a great deal of the research and with the help of a $3600 grant from the Preserve New York Grant Program part of the Preservation League of New York State, which is made possible by the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The project is also made possible with the support of the Town of Guilford and the Guilford Historical Society. Anna Blinn Cole has been hired as a consultant to complete the nomination documentation. Hopefully, the Town of Guilford may soon see another hamlet, Guilford, designated an historic district on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the nation’s official list of properties worthy of preservation. The first hamlet designated took place in 2010 was the hamlet of Rockwell Mills. There are 8 hamlets in the Township of Guilford which many do not realize that this includes the hamlet of Mt. Upton.
With the work complete and the project is accepted, such a designation recognizes the importance of these properties to the history of our country and provides them with a measure of protection. In addition, owners of income producing property may qualify for federal income tax benefits. Properties owned by municipalities and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for state historic matching grants.
With this announcement, GHS is celebrating the above at our annual dinner and you are cordially invited to attend on Oct. 11, 2012, 6 PM at the Old Mill Restaurant on Route 8.
Dinner Menu: Cheese and Crackers, Salad Tray and Assorted Rolls. You also have the choice of the following entrees: Chicken Old Mill, Coconut Shrimp, Braised Beef or Ham with Pineapple. Your waitress will ask for you choice of entrée. No need to indicate your choice before the dinner. Dinner includes dessert, coffee and tea. Other drinks separate. But we do need to know if you plan on attending. Following the dinner there will be short presentations highlighting the receipt of the $3600 grant.
Please reserve your place by calling (607) 895-6532, email: tgray002@stny.rr.com. We request your response by October 8th, 2012.

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