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Two Columbia Co. locales added to national register

Jun 18, 2019 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo June 14, announced the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of 18 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, including the Ancramdale Historic District in Ancram, and the Bigelow-Finch-Fowler Farm in West Lebanon. In a statement released by the governor's office, Ancramdale was described as a "...rural crossroads hamlet...characterized by a collection of modest vernacular buildings that collectively portray the growth of this locale from the turn of the 19th century, when mining enterprises were initially established there, until the early 1950s, when the last buildings were constructed." The Bigelow-Finch-Fowler Farm consists of more than 17 acres and five buildings, including a circa 1830 brick house, known as "The Century." The farm was first settled in the 18th century by Jabez Bigelow. "The property is also significant for its later association with Warren Fowler, whose vision of regional telegraph and telephone service helped to reshape life in and around New Lebanon in the late nineteenth century," according to the release. The State and National registers are the official lists of places with significance in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York and the country. There are more than 120,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A listing on the registers can be of help to the owners of the designated property, making them eligible for public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and rehabilitation tax credits. Read the full press release at governor [dot] ny [dot] gov [slash] news.
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