Using a combination of local funds and a state historic preservation grant, the Town of Shelburne hired consultant Brian Knight of Brian Knight Research (BKR) to complete a National Register of Historic Places Nomination for the Shelburne Falls area of Shelburne village. The objective of the project was to produce a “Final Draft” of the Nomination (a preliminary draft was completed several years ago by a team of graduate students at the University of Vermont). Specific duties carried out by Brian Knight Research included reviewing existing documentation, filling in gaps, revising and mapping the district boundaries, digitally re-photographing resources, and updating and transferring information to the most current version of the National Register of Historic Places registration form.
In the course of the project Brian Knight Research completed a literature review, conducted archival research, photographed buildings, and prepared a revised draft of the National Register Nomination. Brian Knight also attended meetings of the Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission (HPDRC) and conducted extensive field research. A meeting with property owners and residents of the Shelburne Falls area was held, as was a larger scale Community meeting planned in conjunction with the Shelburne Historical Society.
The draft Nomination has been submitted to the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation. It has been undergoing review and editing since July of 2019. The Vermont Historic Preservation Council is expected to review and take action on the Nomination on January 21 2021.
To learn more about the project please contact the Shelburne Planning and Zoning and Office at 802-985-5118.