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Saluda Historic District seeks spot on National Register of Historic Places

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).

A VLR and National Register listing for the Saluda Historic District offer two noteworthy benefits to the community. 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—most notably in a nomination form narrating Saluda’s history—can be used to spur community events and heritage tourism.

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posted 09.06.2018

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