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Historic Preservation Element

The Warren Township Historic Sites Committee proposes and this plan incorporates the following policies and objectives:

The citizens and governing body of Warren have demonstrated through the years that they are committed tot the preservation of our town’s history.  This has been done through the acquisition, preservation and promotion of several historic buildings and properties in town.  To further demonstrate the municipality’s commitment, a Historic Preservation element is added to the Master Plan.  By adding this element tot the Master Plan the long term objective is to protect the exiting historic structures in town, as well as identify properties that could be preserved in the future either by individuals, businesses or the government.

The Historic Preservation Element should identify all the historic sites and landmarks.  There are a number of properties and structures that have been identified by the Municipal, Count and Federal governments as being historically significant.  These include:

The Kirch-Ford House

The Mount Bethel Meeting House

The Codington Homestead

The Codington-Van Tuyl Cemetery

The Tucker Cemetery

The Smalley-Wormser House (privately owned)

The Duderstadt Barn (County owned)

The Mountain View Road Bridge (County owned)

The Historic {Preservation Element should identify all the potentially historic properties.  Most of the potentially historic properties in town have been identified on the Historic Sites in the 1989 Edition of the Environmental Resource Inventory.  At the time the ERI was published, there were 113 sites inventoried as historic or potentially historic.

The historic districts in town need to be identified.  Along with the many potentially historic buildings and properties, we should attempt to identify any historic districts in town.  The historic center of Mount Bethel, which includes parts of Mount Bethel Road, Kin George Road and Mountain View Road, has probably the greatest amount of historic buildings still in tact in one area, and should be considered and identified as a historic district in the Historic Preservation Element.

The importance of preservation as a Master Plan Goal needs to be emphasized.  This includes not only the promotion of the preservation of buildings and grounds, but eh the adaptive reuse of historic buildings to preserve the character of the t town.  This is consistent with one of the goals listed in the current Master Plan (page 3, item “c” under Office-High Tech-“Preserve and enhance historic places and buildings, encouraging the maintenance of historic forms and patterns in buildings and roads including farms.”)


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