Identifying Historic Resources

Identifying Historic Resources

Vermont's historic resources include buildings, structures, landscapes, and archaeological sites, both on land and underwater. If you want to know the historic status of your property or learn about the history of your community, please use our Online Resource Center.

Determination of Eligibility Form (MS Word)

A "Determination of Eligibility" is a decision regarding whether or not a district, site, building, structure or object meets the National Register Criteria for Evaluation. Use this form to start the process of requesting a Determination of Eligibility from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Instructions on how to complete the form, required attachments and where to submit it are on the form itself.

Vermont Architectural Resource Inventory

The Vermont Architectural Resource Inventory is a compilation of survey information about buildings throughout the state.

State Register of Historic Places 

The State Register of Historic Places is the official list of Vermont’s historic places that are significant for their historic, architectural, engineering, or archaeological merit.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

National Historic Landmarks

National Historic Landmarks are cultural properties designated by the Secretary of the Interior as being nationally significant.

Online Resources for Vermont Architectural History

A list of online resources for maps, photographs, architectural plans, and publications related to Vermont's architectural history. 

Photographic Documentation Requirements for Historic Structures 

If your project involves the substantial alteration, relocation, or demolition of a historic resource, you may need to prepare a Historic Resource Documentation Package prior to starting the project.

Vermont Archaeological Inventory 

The Vermont Archaeological Inventory (VAI) documents Vermont’s rich archaeological heritage. The VAI contains over 6,000 individual records of recorded archaeological sites.

Guidelines for Conducting Archaeology in Vermont 

These guidelines should be utilized by consultants when conducting archaeology in Vermont.

Historic Preservation and Archaeology Consultant Lists  

Consultants on these lists have attended the Annual Consultant Training and are qualified to work in Vermont.

Barn Census 

The Vermont Barn Census is a statewide inventory of Vermont’s barns that will establish the foundation for further efforts to preserve these important historic resources.

State-Owned Historic Sites

The state owns and maintains a wide range of historic sites that are open to the public.

Roadside Historic Markers 

Unveiled in 1947 by the Vermont Legislature, the Roadside Historic Site Marker program has proven an effective way to commemorate Vermont’s many people, events, and places of regional, statewide, or national significance.

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Devin Colman, State Architectural Historian

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Deane C. Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501

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Underwater Historic Preserves