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Historic Preservation

NVDA provides technical assistance with Historic Preservation projects. From grant application to implementing downtown revitalization projects, contact us for assistance.

Designated Village/Downtown Program

The Vermont Downtown Program provides technical assistance and training to communities to help them develop skills and strategies for their downtown revitalization efforts.


Many of the historic buildings in village centers and downtowns can benefit from this program. Towns that receive downtown designation are eligible for special tax credits, loans and grants from various state agencies.


By providing new opportunities for commercial growth in our town centers, revitalizing our village centers and downtowns helps to preserve the traditional settlement patterns, quality farmland, and natural and cultural landscapes that make Vermont unique.

Historic Preservation Resources

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

The public agency designated to be the advocate for historic and prehistoric properties in Vermont. The Division reviews potential project impacts to historic buildings and structures, historic districts, historic landscapes and settings, and to known or potential archeological resources.


Vermont Heritage Network
A working framework of information for residents, tourists, teachers and students with information relating to Historic Architecture, Preservation Planning, Heritage Tourism, Heritage Education and Historic Preservation Resources.


Renovating Older and Historic Buildings in Vermont - Vermont Dept. of Public Safety
What you need to know about historic status, building codes and resources to accomplish renovations.


Preservation Trust of Vermont
The Preservation Trust is a non-profit, non-government organization that works with partnering organizations, local groups, businesses, local governments and interested citizens to preserve and use Vermont's historic architectural and cultural resources.


Vermont Historical Society
The Vermont Historical Society is a not-for-profit, membership-supported organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Vermont history. Includes a list of local societies throughout VT.


Virtual Vermont's History
A brief history of important Vermont events and people.


The Archeological Conservancy
A national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. The Conservancy protects these sites by acquiring the land on which they rest, preserving them for posterity.


National Trust for Historic Preservation
A private nonprofit organization leading the preservation movement in saving historic places and building livable communities. The National Trust works in Vermont through direct intervention in preservation projects, technical assistance, financial assistance, advocacy and building the capacity of local, regional and statewide organizations. Also a partner with the Preservation Trust of Vermont through the Field Services Program.


Preservation Education Institute
Provides training in historic preservation skills for building professionals, property owners, preservation professionals, and people who "love old buildings."