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Honorary historic district status comes with no strings attached

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The proposed Saluda Historic District would include Antioch Baptist Church (above), founded in 1866, and an old schoolhouse that stands behind it. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

Portions of the village of Saluda could be getting “honorary” historic designation from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR).

On March 5 the Middlesex Board of Supervisors (BOS) allocated $6,000 to match funds from the DHR to conduct a survey of Saluda’s historic structures. After the survey, Saluda could be eligible to be considered by DHR for “honorary designation.”

According to the DHR, listing a historic district in the Virginia Landmarks Register and or the National Register of Historic Places “does not restrict owners use of his or her property in any way as long as private non-governmental funds are used. It does not prohibit any owner from altering or demolishing any building nor does it restrict subdivision or sale. Register listing does not require a property to be open to the public.” 

The proposed historic district generally includes structures along Route 33 from the curve entering Saluda to Middlesex High School; and Business Route 17 from about 100 yards east of the Hardee’s to the stoplight. Antioch Baptist Church and an old wooden school behind it would be included.

posted 03.13.2019

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