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Upper Reaches of Boone Creek Rural Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service announces

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 07, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The National Park Service (NPS) announced Friday that the Upper Reaches of Boone Creek Rural Historic District has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official inventory of historic and archaeological resources deemed worthy of preservation.

Centrally located between Lexington and Winchester in the Inner Bluegrass Region, the district meets National Register criterion for its association with traditional agricultural practices in the region between 1790 and 1958, centering largely on cattle, tobacco, hay and cereal grains.  According to the nomination, historic buildings, structures, sites and landscape patterns within the district boundaries exhibit qualities of diversified farming practices that coincide with major shifts in agricultural inclinations as they occurred in central Kentucky.  The district is also noted for the distinctive domestic and agricultural architecture within its boundaries, typical of traditional and popular agricultural archetypes and construction methodologies throughout Kentucky.

Collectively, the district encompasses 10,742 acres with 426 individual resources on 157 properties, including 205 contributing buildings, 23 structures and 22 sites for a total of 250 contributing resources.  Two other districts within the Boone Creek watershed have previously achieved National Register listing – the Boone Creek Rural Historic District (listed in 1994) and the Middle Reaches of Boone Creek Rural Historic District (listed in 1996).

The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board is charged with hearing and approving National Register nominations prior to their submission to the NPS, which administers the program in partnership with state historic preservation offices, including the Kentucky Heritage Council.  Kentucky has the fourth highest number of National Register listings in the nation – more than 3,200 districts, sites and structures encompassing more than 42,000 historic features.

National Register listing can be applied to buildings, objects, structures, districts and archaeological sites, and proposed sites must be significant in architecture, engineering, American history or culture, or possess a special role in the development of our country.  The status does not affect property ownership rights but does provide a measure of protection against adverse impacts from federally funded projects.  Owners of National Register properties may qualify for federal or state tax credits for certified rehabilitation of these properties or by making a charitable contribution of preservation easements.

For more information or a copy of the nomination, call the Heritage Council at 502-564-7005, ext. 120, or visit the agency’s Web site at

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.


Last Updated 12/7/2009