Planning for Preservation

Historic preservation does not happen by chance, it requires the proper planning, foresight, and education to ensure the protection of Vermont’s historic resources. Effective preservation involves partners and the concerted involvement of many individuals and organizations. With a broad-based effort, thousands of historic resources can endure as landmarks to narrate this brave little state’s distinct sense of place. 

Roadside Historic Site Markers

Northeastern Speedway, Waterford
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.

Barn Census


Barn in Ferrisburg, VT
Barn in Ferrisburg, VT
How many barns are in Vermont? In what kind of condition are they? Are significant numbers lost each year? What can be done to preserve these icons of our history and landscape?

Online Resource Center

The Online Resource Center ( ORC) provides online access to all of the Division for Historic Preservation’s documents related to historic preservation activities throughout the state since the 1960s. All existing paper records have been digitized and uploaded to the ORC and newly generated materials will be added to the ORC on a routine basis.      

Vermont Architectural Resource Inventory (VARI)

Lacasse Farm, Williston
Lacasse Farm, Williston
Compiling an inventory of Vermont’s historic resources is the foundation of our preservation program. Statewide survey of properties began in earnest in 1967 and was strengthened by the Vermont Historic Preservation Act of 1975. Since that time, more than 30,000 historical and architectural properties have been surveyed and added to the state’s inventory.

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.


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