With the Historic District’s designation in 1991 as a National Historic Landmark, the Village of Geneseo became one of only 20 (now 24) communities in the country to have its Historic District recognized as having national significance. Members of the Association for the Preservation of Geneseo worked diligently for 18 years to achieve this recognition for Geneseo.
|1977||Geneseo’s Main Street (including the Courthouse, Hartford House and The Homestead) was approved for inclusion on the “National Register of Historic Places” by the U.S. National Park Service.|
|Hartford House and The Homestead were also listed on the “National Register of Historic Places” on their own merits|
|1985||The National Park Service approved Main Street District enlargement to include Center Street, Oak Street, Second Street, Elm Street, South Street, Prospect Street, Temple Hill, Ward Place, Chestnut Street and part of HighlandRoad (Cornerways and west side from Center to Oak) for listing on the “National Register of Historic Places”.|
|1991||The enlarged Main Street Historic District was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.|
|The significance of Geneseo’s Historic District was summed up by the following observations:|
Background information: All National Historic Landmarks are included on the National Register of Historic Places, which is the official list of the nation’s historic properties considered worthy of preservation. Landmarks constitute about 2,000 of the more than 50,000 entries on the National Register. Of these 2005, only 24 are districts – others are buildings, sites, etc. Landmarks are considered of national interest. (Data supplied by the National Park Service.)