What properties qualify?

To participate in the program and obtain a marker for a home or other structure, property owners (applicants) would be asked to ensure that the structure meets two or more of the criteria outlined below:

  • Age - The home or other structure was built prior to World War II.
  • Historic Event - The structure or site is associated with a particular event that has contributed to our understanding of local, regional, or national history.  A marker meeting this criterion might read, for example, “Site of 1775 Revolutionary War Skirmish between Colonial and British Militias.”
  • Person(s) - The structure or site is associated with the life or lives of an individual, a family, or a group who has made a notable contribution to local, regional, or national history, culture, or arts, even if the names of those persons are no longer known. In the instance of unknown names of an individual or individuals, it is the contribution or connection to history that is being noted. 
  • Period/Style - The structure embodies distinctive characteristics of clear, classifiable periods of architecture or styles of construction. This criterion applies to the work of noted architects or builders as well as to simpler vernacular styles.
  • Cultural Landscape/Archeology - The site of the structure named in the application has yielded or is likely to yield, information important to the understanding of our local prehistory or history of record.  Such a marker might read, for example, “c. 1800, Site of the Oldest Known Tavern in the Town of Southborough.”

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