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Brandon receives $7,200 grant for preservation

Brandon is one of seven Vermont towns that received grant funding through the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

A total of $56,905 was awarded for projects through the Certified Local Government (CLG) program to support community-based preservation initiatives. 

Brandon was awarded $7,200 to hire a qualified consultant to undertake an overall survey of the important historical areas, industries, and people associated with Brandon. This study will focus on areas outside the identified historic districts and integrate the current information into a cohesive historical perspective. The final product will be a Survey Report summarizing the results of the project; an individual survey form for each property; photographs of each property surveyed; and maps showing the location of each property within the town.

“The documentation and preservation of a community’s historic resources enrich the lives of its inhabitants now and in the future,” said Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer Laura V. Trieschmann. “This pass-through funding from the National Park Service rewards that local commitment to historic preservation and should be celebrated.” 

Among the seven communities receiving funding are Hartford for the National Register of Historic Places nomination of Taft’s Flat; Norwich for the Jones Circle National Register Historic District nomination; and the town of Stowe in partnership with the Stowe Electrical Department for the Moscow Mill Revitalization Plan. 

“The Seaver Sawmill project will restore the mill as a community space and interpretative site,” said Michael Lazorchak Stowe Electric Department’s manager of regulatory affairs. “Stowe Electric will also restore the historic dam and modernize the hydroelectric plant as a community renewable energy project. The hydropower project will be the centerpiece of the Village of Moscow microgrid and serve as an example of how historic buildings can find new life as community-owned infrastructure.”  

Designation as a Vermont Certified Local Government (or CLG) by the National Park Service recognizes those municipalities that have a special commitment to preservation through public policy with a historic preservation ordinance. Because preservation most often happens at the local level, joining the CLG program is an important and effective way to preserve Vermont’s historic places. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation assists communities with the application process.

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