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Saluda Historic District seeks spot on National Register of Historic Places

Informational meeting set for Sept. 25

by Blake McDonald
Virginia Department of Historic Resources

From the buyboats of Deltaville to Rosegill Plantation in Urbanna, history surrounds residents and visitors alike in Middlesex County.

One of the many places where the past comes alive is in the village of Saluda. Its arcaded courthouse complex, which has served as the county seat beginning in 1852, is perhaps the most visible symbol of historic Saluda. Look beyond this well-known landmark, however, and you will soon see how resources ranging from the circa 1781 Bethany Inn at Leafwood to the Reconstruction-era Antioch Baptist Church narrate the 200-year development of this crossroads community.

In 2017, architectural historians identified Saluda as a historic district eligible for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places. The proposed district would encompass the courthouse village at the intersection of General Puller Highway, Gloucester Road, and Oakes Landing Road.

Now, the county has an opportunity to pursue a cost share survey and planning grant offered by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to oversee the documentary legwork to complete a nomination form to list the Saluda Historic District on the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Recently, several Middle Peninsula towns including Mathews and Gloucester successfully listed historic districts on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places. Today, the benefits of listing are apparent, as property owners in both districts have taken advantage of historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Citizens of Saluda interested in learning more about the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places are invited to attend a public information session scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, at 7 p.m. at the Middlesex County Courthouse. Representatives from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society will be on hand to discuss this exciting opportunity and answer questions.

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posted 09.12.2018

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