The New York State Board of Historic Preservation recommended 20 properties for the state and national registers of historic places, including three unique places in Central New York.
The Kingsford Historic District in Oswego, and The James Keith House and Brown-Morey-Davis Farm in Herkimer County are on the list, which if approved, could be in line for more government preservation programs, such as grants and tax credits.
The Kingsford Historic District is a residential neighborhood, dating back to the second half of the 1800's. Named for the Kingsford family, who founded the Oswego Starch Factory, the neighborhood demonstrates how the city grew in the 19th century into a commercial and industrial center.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation also admires two homes in Herkimer County. It says the James Keith House and the Brown-Morey-Davis Farm in Newport are excellent examples of how local craftsmen used the Kuyahoora Valley's limestone to build fashionable residences after the American Revolution. Both homes were built in 1815.
If the historic places are approved by the state historic preservation officer, they will be listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places. Then, they will be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
(Information from the Associated Press used in this report.)