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mountain squid
04-11-2014, 19:31
The National Register of Historic Places (http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/index.htm) (NRHP) is a listing of Historic Places within the United States. There are nearly 90,000 properties listed in the National Register. These properties include buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects. Almost every county in the United States has at least one place listed in the National Register, including those counties that the Appalachian Trail runs through or near.

When I am not hiking I might be in some small town searching for properties on the Register. I take a picture, do some research on the internet, and then upload the photo to Panoramio (http://www.panoramio.com/user/chfstew). I thought there might be some others that might like to do the same, especially since the AT goes through so many towns. It might make your hike a little more interesting to find out the building you are staying in or the church you are hiking by, is historical.

To identify a property on the National Register, you might see a plaque on the property designating it as such. I can remember 2 off the top of my head. One in Hot Springs, NC and another in Monson, ME (anyone know the properties?) Aside from just randomly noticing a plaque, you can download a .kml file (Google Earth Layer for use in Google Earth) which identifies locations (I've seen it work on a smart phone). You could also download the entire spreadsheet which has addresses listed. For more information, see the Download Center (http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/Download.html). This link (http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/state.html) may also be helpful.

So, as the title of the thread suggests, snap some photos of National Register properties that are near the Appalachian Trail and share them here with a little description (if possible). You might also relook at all your old photos and find out you've already got a picture of something that is on the Register.

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mountain squid
04-11-2014, 19:41
How many people knew the Walasi-Yi was more historical than just a well-placed outfitter and hostel?


Walasi-Yi Inn - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 79000749, date listed 19790112
S of Blairsville on U.S. 129
Blairsville, GA (Union County)

Built in 1936. The north wing was built by the Pfister-Vogel Land Co. in the early 20th century as a tearoom and lodging. The site was donated to the state in 1927. The stone used in the building came from road construction. Built by CCC Camp SP-2. Originally functioned as the Walisiyi Inn, a concession which provided meals and lodging. Now houses an outdoor supply store, residence for the caretakers, and a hostel for hikers on the Appalachian Trail. The trail passes through the breezeway near the north end of the building. This is the only place where the trail passes through a man-made structure. The Cherokee name Walisi-yi translates as "frog place" or "place of the great frog." The gap was formerly called Frogtown, but was renamed for W.R. Neel, the engineer in charge of the survey of the gap for the construction of the American Scenic Hwy c. 1920. (1)

References (1) GA Historic Resources (http://www.gnahrgis.org/)

(Of course . . . I had the first one ready to go:))

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mt squid

04-12-2014, 20:26
I new it had a history, didn't know the details. Thanks!

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mountain squid
04-13-2014, 17:20
You're Welcome, ChuckT. Here's another one. It is a bit off the trail, but anyone travelling from Amicalola Falls State Park to the Forest Service Road 42 parking area, via the 'preferred route', will drive right by this 150 year old church (in fact it is part of the written directions from the State Park).


Cartecay Methodist Church and Cemetery - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 01000383, date listed 20010419
Jct. of Roy Rd and GA 52
Ellijay, GA (Gilmer County)

In 1859 Barnett Wilson gave two acres of land for a new building and cemetery. The deed was signed October 25, 1859. The second building of the Cartecay Methodist Church, South was erected that year out of virgin pine timber, hand hewn and planed. The pews, altar and pulpit were fashioned from solid pieces of wide pine planks, one and one-half inches thick, fastened together by dove tailing and mortised with wooden pegs. The floor, ceiling and walls were also constructed from hand-hewn wide planks. Frank B. Haigler, a church member, later refinished all the wood used in the sanctuary in a buff color accenting the wood grain with a soft finish.

Although no longer in use as a church, the white wood frame building still stands at the corner of Roy Road and Highway 52 East and in 2001 received it's designation on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. (1)

References (1) Cartecay UMC (http://cartecayumc.com/history.htm)

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mountain squid
05-04-2014, 16:11
Pretty much all of Harpers Ferry is on the National Register. This set of ruins, however, is West of the trail, once off of the bridge over the Potomac River. It is in MD.


Salty Dog Tavern ruins and Lock #33, Knoxville, MD

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 66000036, date listed 19661015
Bordering the Potomac River from Georgetown, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland
C&O Canal National Historical Park
Knoxville, MD (Washington County)

The Maryland Heights section of the park (Harpers Ferry NHP) contains one non-military historic structure: the Salty-Dog Tavern (Park Bldg. No. 80). This two-story stone building, approximately 20' by 45' in plan, was built between 1833 and 1850 at the base of the cliff opposite Lock 33 on the C & 0 Canal. It was a tavern and place of ill repute frequented by canal boatmen. Fires in 1960 and 1963 burned out the interior and roof of the structure, so that only an open shell stands today. (1)

References (1) NRHP Nomination Form pg 41-42 (http://www.wvculture.org/shpo/nr/pdf/jefferson/66000041.pdf)

If this were still open, how many hikers do you think would visit?:rolleyes:

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running river
10-17-2014, 14:22
There is the Lindamood School, founded in 1894, about 5.4 miles south of Groseclose, VA. There is also an Early Settlers Museum just east of the school, right next to the school. I found both to be very interesting. I was lucky on that day of my thru hike last year to meet a very nice older woman that told me all about the school and gave a free tour of the Settlers Museum. There are many other places like that all on the trail, or very close to the trail, with a mile or two. I found most hikers never really venture off the AT/WB trail so they miss many amazing things. Like a crystal cavern 14.8 miles south of Damascus, and what seemed like an endless cave 8.3 miles south of Harpers Ferry, and so many other beautiful things.

10-17-2014, 22:32
There's Elmers Sunnybank Inn in Hot Springs NC. It's on the Historic Register, and is a great place to stay when you hike thru there.

10-18-2014, 00:24
If you visit Marion, VA you can walk past the building in which Dr. Pepper was invented :)

10-18-2014, 02:51
Hoovers Retreat in SNP is off the AT but within easy walking distance.

11-21-2014, 11:14
Sunnybank Inn Retreat and Hostel in Hot Springs, NC, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The AT runs along the sidewalk in front of the house. It has a rich and wonderful history: http://www.sunnybankretreatassociation.org/history.html

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mountain squid
11-23-2014, 12:02
Yes, the Sunnybank Inn. I stayed there in 2004. Had a very good vegie dinner, as I recall.

Thanks everyone for sharing so far!

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mt squid

mountain squid
03-02-2015, 18:02
NOBO's on their way to the half-gallon challenge walk right past this historical building aka the Paymaster's Cabin.



Paymaster's House, Pine Grove Furnace State Park, PA

Pine Grove Furnace (https://www.dot7.state.pa.us/ce_imagery/phmc_scans/H001154_01H.pdf) - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 77001158, date listed 19770413
S of Dickinson on PA 233
Michaux State Forest, PA (Cumberland County)

This area was not always the scenic mountain getaway you see today. Throughout the late 1700s and 1800s, it was an industrial hub for producing iron. The people that lived and worked here had different jobs, but they all worked for the iron industry. Imagine the constant billow of smoke coming from the furnace and a company town filled with the sounds of workers, horses, tools and railroad cars.

This walking tour shows you the remains of this community. As you walk to the landmarks, imagine the different lifestyles of the people who called Pine Grove their home. Imagine the drastic changes that occurred as the trees and iron ore were used to produce goods for a growing nation.

Paymasterís Cabin. At pay day, workers would walk up to the porch of this building to get their pay. Now, park visitors can rent this cabin year-round. (1)

References (1) Pine Grove Furnace Walking Tour (http://www.visitcumberlandvalley.com/includes/content/docs/media/pine-grove-furnace-historic-walking-tour.pdf)

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03-02-2015, 20:49
The shelter on Blood Mountain was listed after it was rebuilt in 2013:


03-02-2015, 22:24
NOBO's on their way to the half-gallon challenge walk right past this historical building aka the Paymaster's Cabin.

Looking at that, it looks like some of the shore houses after the hurricane (those that people have raised to prevent future flooding).