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Palmerton Historic District may be created

Published September 22. 2012 09:02AM

Palmerton should soon learn whether it's the next Carbon County municipality in line for inclusion as a historic district.

If so, it would join Lansford, which was designated earlier this week, and Jim Thorpe, as the only towns in the county for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Palmerton's proposal is set to be considered by the Pennsylvania State Review Board for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places when the Historic Preservation Board meets at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Room 105, Rachel Carson Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg.

At that time, the group is expected to review, and vote, on the borough's nomination.

The proposed district is roughly bounded by Tomb Street, Princeton Avenue, Mauch Chunk Road, Edgemont Avenue, 3rd Street, Fireline Road, 5th Street, Lafayette Avenue, State Road, Avenue B, Columbia Avenue, 8th Street, and Avenue A.

Owners of private properties nominated to the National Register have an opportunity to comment on this action in accord with the National Historic Preservation Act and 36CFR60.

Any owner, or partial owner, of private property who chooses to comment may submit to the State Historic Preservation Office a notarized statement certifying that the party is the sole or partial owner of private property.

Those who choose to comment must have the notarized objection submitted to Jean H. Cutler, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120, by Oct. 1.

Individuals with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting that require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to participate, should contact Cheri Garrett at 717-783-9933, or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the agency can accommodate their needs.

In March, members of the Palmerton Area Historical Society met in the Knight's Gallery on the second floor of the Palmerton Area Library with Dale Freudenberger, anthracite region coordinator with the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, to discuss the borough's potential inclusion as an National Historic District.

The nomination is based upon the town's history and design as a well-planned, 'Industrial Company Town', Freudenberger said at that time. The borough would be the first in the state to be approved under that criteria, he said.

Freudenberger previously said the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission approved a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant for $10,000 toward the National Register nomination in the summer of 2011. The Palmerton Area Historical Society contributed $10,000 as well, he said.

The borough will celebrate the centennial of its incorporation on Nov. 11.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of properties recognized for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.

The National Register Program was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeologic resources.

National Register properties include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects. They can be significant to a local community, a state, an Indian tribe, or the nation as a whole.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the Commonwealth's official history agency. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Bureau for Historic Preservation maintains the Commonwealth's Inventory of historic properties and prehistoric sites and manages the National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania.

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