The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.
Properties listed in the National Register include buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. Georgia’s state historic preservation office (SHPO), the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) administers the National Register of Historic Places program in Georgia.
National Register of Historic Places listing does not place restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property. HPD’s National Register fact sheet provides an overview of the program including what the National Register does and does not do.
From the National Register and Georgia HPD websites
Cherokee County Sites on the National Register of Historic Places
Cherokee County has six properties individually listed on the National Register, which means that they have significant historic value to the community. Individual properties much meet criteria that establishes their “significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture.”
There are also two National Register Historic Districts in Cherokee County. In order to qualify as a historic district, there must be a large area of contiguous historic sites to qualify. The Ball Ground Historic District was certified in 2009 and contains over 200 structures, while the Canton Historic District was certified in 2010 with over 300 historic structures.
If you are interested in learning more about the historic sites in Cherokee County, please contact the Historical Society, and view the resources available from the Collections and Archives.
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