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Originally published in Castine Patriot, February 6, 2014
Castine receives Historic Preservation Fund grant

Castine’s historic status made more visible with grant

Though On-Neck Castine has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973, that status is not always well-known. A new Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service through the Maine Historic Preservation Commission is allowing the promotion of that historic status through signs like the one above.

Photo courtesy of Castine Historic Preservation Commission

The Town of Castine recently received a Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service through the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. According to a press release, the intent of the grant is to raise the community’s awareness of its historic resources and to illustrate how its Historic Preservation Commission works to preserve and protect these resources.

There were two parts of this grant, the release stated. It funded the production of six project signs to allow the community to understand that renovation and new construction projects in the District have been reviewed and approved by the Commission.

According to Jimmy Goodson, chairman of the Castine Historic Preservation Commission, “The entire on-neck portion of Castine has been listed in the National Register since 1973, but it seemed to be a closely guarded secret. The new bronze plaque, installed as you cross the British Canal and enter the Historic District, will make residents and visitors alike aware of the significance of Castine’s history and the need to preserve and protect these resources through the existing Historic Preservation Ordinance.” Currently, the ordinance protects only a portion of the 226 contributing structures in the National Register District.

An expansion of the District (as defined in the ordinance) was proposed in a warrant in 2012 and missed passage by two votes. This Historic Preservation Fund grant is meant to raise community awareness and continue to promote historic tourism in Castine, a major factor in the growth of its economic development.