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Saluda Historic District discussed by supervisors

by Larry Chowning

At the November 7 Middlesex County Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, Saluda District representative Pete Mansfield informed county officials the state would soon be coming to Middlesex to discuss “historic district” status for the village of Saluda.

If approved, the Saluda Historic District will be listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The historic Middlesex County Courthouse building in Saluda is already listed on both of these listings, but not as a district.

The VLR and NRHP listings of Saluda Historic District offer two noteworthy benefits to the community. The first listing provides official recognition of the unique history, architecture and culture of Saluda. The honorary designation is a point of pride and the detailed documentation that accompanies the listing can be used to spur community events and heritage tourism.

Second, listings on state and national registers offer financial benefits to owners of historic properties within the district. A state and federal rehabilitation tax credit provides dollar-for-dollar reductions in income tax liability for taxpayers who rehabilitate historic buildings in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards of Rehabilitation.

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posted 11.14.2018

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