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ROWLESBURG HISTORIC DISTRICT
Establishment of a Historic District in Downtown Rowlesburg
The Archives and History Commission of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History at their January 30, 2004 meeting awarded a grant to Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee, Inc. in the amount of $3,600.00 for a Rowlesburg Survey. Matching funds of $2,400 are part of the condition of this award, $1000 of which can be in time spent gathering data.
In September, 2004 the Historic District Task Force under the leadership of Anna R. Nassif, Chairperson, hired Michael Gioulus, Consultant, (qualified under 36 CFR 61 (Code of Federal Regulations) to provide historic preservation services), to conduct a survey of historic resources and prepare a National Register nomination of downtown Rowlesburg. The district encompasses the north end of town and includes 30 buildings. Work was completed on the rough draft in December, 2004. A final draft has been submitted. Completion of this project will be in September, 2005. In the future, another survey of remaining historic structures will be done with a view to establishing a Main Street Rowlesburg.
Special thanks to:
- Naomi Ellen Nesser
- Martha Nesser
- Thomasina Caporella
Barbara John Richie
- Robert John
- Nassif Family
- and Friends
- for donations to matching funds for the Rowlesburg Intensive Survey and the Future Rowlesburg Historic District.
A historic district designation will be established for the purpose of providing a link to the town fathers and mothers and will help the townspeople identify themselves and their ancestors in the chain of events and people that were instrumental in building and shaping the present. Building on the past and present will shape the community of tomorrow. People will better understand their roles in the community if they know where they stand in the context of history.
Establishment of a historic district will provide a connection to the past for the town and for residents of the town, instructing them on the roles their ancestors and/or founders played in the formation and development of the town. Side effects will be pride of ownership, restoration, enhanced beauty and incentive to attract newcomers.
Take pride in your hometown!
Feel free to make a donation to RRC, Inc. for the Future Rowlesburg Historic District for purchase of eight Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees to be placed in hand designed planters and installed by Memorial Day Weekend on Main Street by Jennings Nursery. A donation of $295.00 will cover the cost of one tree, planter and plaque.
We now have tax-exempt status with the IRS so your donations are tax deductible.
Special thanks to:
Martin Marietta Materials Tim Weaver Barbara John Richie Helen Jane Cline Jo Ann Sisler Gloria Dean Joseph Nassif Anna Nassif
for donations of benches to the
Rowlesburg Historic District.