Preservation

As a homeowner, the value is knowing your primary investment will not decline in value as all of us in Old Oaks are held to the same architectural standard. It also means that the headache you get when trying to paint your house and a liaison comes by and asks for your COA is shared by your neighbor when they want to put in new windows.

Preservation isn’t something smart people do when they can afford it — it’s something they know that they can’t afford not to do. The examples below highlight what studies have consistently shown: protecting and reusing historic places makes good financial sense.

Community Partners
Rehabilitation and adaptive use of historic buildings creates profits as well as appealing places to live and work. Learn More…

Heritage Tourism
Towns and cities that protect their historic areas attract more visitors, and those people stay longer and spend more. Learn More…

National Main Street Center
Investing in traditional commercial districts both produces new jobs and eliminates the cost of sprawl, such as time lost in the car and the expense of providing new infrastructure like roads. Learn More…

How Can I Help Preserve?
Protecting America’s heritage can be easy and fun. Below are 10 simple ways to preserve historic places.

  1. Explore your family’s history. Show your kids the places where you went to school or where you got married; take your parents to a place that’s important in your life.
  2. Walk or bike. Getting out of your car allows you to appreciate the buildings and parks that make up the place you live, and you’ll also have a much better chance of catching up with your friends and neighbors.
  3. Shop on Main Street. Traditional commercial districts not only have appealing buildings-look up and admire the detail of the upper floors-but they also feature locally-owned stores that are vital parts of your community.
  4. Tour your hometown. Visit a historic site in your area or stop by the local historical society or museum. Check the events calendar in the newspaper or on the Web, then go to one of the street fairs or ethnic festivals or neighborhood tours you’ve always meant to enjoy.
  5. Read all about it. Every community has a book about its local history, and many have more than one. They’re available at the local library (often a historic place itself) or at the historical society.
  6. Entertain yourself surrounded by history. Attend live performance or movie at a historic theater, or eat at a restaurant in an historic building. If you like the atmosphere, tell the owner or host.
  7. Join an organization — even better, more than one — dedicated to preservation. Become a member of the National Trust on-line, or in your area.
  8. Sleep in a historic place. There are historic inns and b&b’s across the country; many of the best are members of the Trust’s Historic Hotels of America.
  9. Ask your neighbors about your neighborhood. Talk to people who’ve lived on your street longer than you have. Find out what they remember about living there, and about the people who have moved on.
  10. Visit some sacred history. Churches are often among a community’s oldest and most beautiful buildings, and cemeteries reveal the fascinating lives of those who came before.
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