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Learn about tools for historic preservation in Shepherdstown

By Staff | Jul 10, 2015

Those who appreciate the historic structures in Shepherdstown and who want to learn more about a home recently purchased in the Historic District or those who are wondering about how to get tax benefits or technical assistance for a future rehabilitation project should all plan to attend the upcoming session July 13.

Jennifer Brennan, architectural historian, will speak starting at 7 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Community Club War Memorial Building, 102 E German St. The Shepherdstown Historic Landmarks Commission will host Ms. Brennan from the State Historic Preservation Office in Charleston, where she serves communities by coordinating grants and tax credits. She also assists communities with preservation resources and sharing techniques.

West Virginia property owners who live in Certified Local Government communities (like Shepherdstown) can apply for the Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program if their projects are approved under the Secretary of the Interior’s standards. Both residential and commercial properties are eligible for the program. Historic preservation has proven economic, environmental, and social benefits. Studies show that historic districts maintain higher property values and a greater sense of community. This presentation will be the place to get involved with historic preservation in Shepherdstown, which can lead to benefits for homeowners and the town.