National Register & Study List

Wemple-Shelton House in Caswell County

Think your property may be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places? Contact Samantha for a free consultation.


To achieve National Register designation in North Carolina, a property must first be placed on the Study List. To be placed on the Study List, a preliminary application is required, which ensures qualification for National Register designation. Typically, to be eligible for the National Register, a property must fall under these guidelines:

  • Be at least 50 years old (exceptions to this are rare)
  • Retain a high degree of integrity (NOTE: this does not mean the condition of the property, but the amount of historic material still present, the feeling of the property, and other factors that the consultant can help you determine and argue)
  • The building itself, a significant individual associated with the building, or a historic event connected to the building is nationally significant, or the building is an excellent, nationally-significant example of an architectural style

The National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. There are National Register districts, of which your property could be listed as “contributing” or “noncontributing,” as well as individually listed properties. Contributing buildings may be eligible to receive historic tax credits for rehabilitation projects in the state of North Carolina. If your property is listed on the National Register, you will not be required to follow any guidelines or rules to make changes to your property.

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