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Saluda could become a state historic district

by Larry Chowning

On September 18 state officials encouraged residents of Saluda and members of the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society to endorse Saluda becoming a State and National Historic District.

At a public information meeting at the courthouse with 10 people attending, Elizabeth Hoge Lipford, Architectural Historian of the Eastern Regional Preservation Office in Richmond, said that the Town of Urbanna has the only historic district listing in Middlesex County and that designation came in 1991.

“Your county is due another historic (district) listing,” she said. “Saluda has been home to the county court since 1852. The county court was a center of life and very important to a county.”

Architectural and Cost Share Program Manager Blake McDonald said if the county approves this designation, the Saluda Historic District would be listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The historic Middlesex County Courthouse building is already listed on both of these listings, but not as a district.

The proposed district would encompass the courthouse village at the intersection of General Puller Highway, Gloucester Road, and Oakes Landing Road.

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posted 10.18.2018

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